Mobile medical units to provide free healthcare

HYDERABAD: A rural mobile healthcare scheme for providing better medicare to the poor and needy called the Sachal Swasthya Seva was launched on Monday. Inaugurating the scheme at Nagaram

Published: 10th January 2012 03:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:12 PM   |  A+A-

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Union petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy inspecting a mobile medical van after inaugurating the Sachal Swasthya Seva scheme at Nagaram village in Ranga

HYDERABAD: A rural mobile healthcare scheme for providing better medicare to the poor and needy called the Sachal Swasthya Seva was launched on Monday.

Inaugurating the scheme at Nagaram village in Maheshwaram mandal of Rangareddy district, Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, S Jaipal Reddy said the scheme will provide medical facilities in villages lacking such facilities. The minister lauded Indian Oil for taking up the novel scheme as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The Sachal Swasthya Seva will focus on 600 to 700 villages around the 40 Kisan Seva Kendra outlets in 10 districts Anantapur (7), Karimnagar (7), Khammam (4), Kurnool (7), Mahaboobnagar (7), Medak (3), Nalgonda (2), Rangareddy (3) and Warangal (4).

The KSKs are primarily low-cost petrol and diesel stations in rural areas. A network of 40 Mobile Medical Units will be stationed at KSK outlets, which will extend free health checkup and free medicines to villagers.

Each MMU team will have four members, a registered doctor, a pharmacist, driver and community mobiliser. Each team will visit two to three villages per day over six days in a week and cover all designated villages in their respective areas once a week. Being implemented with the support of Wockhardt Foundation, the scheme will be utilised for health awareness programmes on issues like family planning, health and hygiene and HIVAIDS.

Indian Oil chairman RS Butola said the company will launch similar schemes in other states based on the experience gained in AP.

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