Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 26:
With a view to providing better healthcare facilities to the people living in rural and inaccessible areas of Odisha, Tata Steel will host the Lifeline Express, the world’s first Hospital on-Wheels, for the third time at Jajpur Road and for the eighth time in Odisha from 3rd December to 23rd December 2014.
It will offer on the spot diagnostic, medical and surgical interventions free of cost to the disabled, the poor and the general public. The steel major has brought this unique health service initiative to different parts of the State seven times in the past.
The initiative aims at providing free surgical interventions in areas of post-polio deformities, hearing disorders, dental, cleft lip and eye problems. People living in the farthest corners of Jajpur and nearby districts will benefit from this Lifeline Express. The Lifeline Express will be stationed at the Jajpur Road Railway station for 20 days.
Prior to this, Tata Steel has hosted Lifeline Express in locations like Gopalpur, Daitari, Jajpur Road, Meramundali and Joda in Odisha. The initiative has come to the aid of more than 24,000 differently-abled persons in Odisha.
The Lifeline Express has a fully equipped Operation Theatre to conduct three operations simultaneously, Pre and Post-operative ward, Diesel Generating Sets for continuous power supply, Audiometric Diagnostic, X-ray and Pathological Laboratory, changing and rest rooms for surgeons and Para-medical staff between surgeries and an auditorium that can seat up to 50 people.
The event is being organised in association with Impact India Foundation, Government of Odisha, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Indian Railways.
With five Hospitals, two Community Health Centres and three ICUs that have been set up in the rural areas and by introducing mobile healthcare units and organising health camps, Tata Steel’s healthcare services reach around 4 lakh people in Odisha every year. With the laying of the foundations for a 500 bed modern hospital in Gopalpur and a 200 bed hospital in Kalinganagar in February this year, the steel major has reiterated its commitment to take healthcare service in the State to greater heights in future.