Posted: 20 Aug 2017 04:53 AM PDT
Hon’ble MoS (I/C), P&NG Shri Dharmendra Pradhan flags off Mobile Medical Units (MMUs)MMUs to provide doorstep healthcare services in villages of Odisha
Each MMU to have a doctor, nurse, medicines, can function as ambulance too
Bhubaneswar, August 20, 2017: Seeking to provide doorstep healthcare facilities in rural Odisha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today flagged off 11 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) which will travel across villages in the state providing free primary healthcare services.
Six of these MMUs, which are specially equipped Tempo Traveler vehicles, have been supported by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and four by GAIL (India) Limited as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Each MMU will have a qualified Doctor (minimum MBBS), nurse (ANM), laboratory technician, pharmacist, essential medicines, ddiagnostic kit (Swashtya Jaanch Machine) and information and awareness material on health and hygiene. Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited has also supported the initiative with one mobile Medical Unit.
The MMUs are GPS enabled so that their movement can be tracked on a real-time basis. The project is designed to cover villages in a range of 25 to 40 kms from its base location. One MMU can cover 4 to 5 villages in a day on a regular basis and can cater to the health needs of 90 to 100 people on an average. In emergencies, they can also function as a referral clinic and as ambulance also.
The facilities extended through the MMU will also include quarterly eye-screening and medical health check-up camps, free distribution of Moksha Sanitary Napkins to adolescent girls and women in villages, free distribution of Shuddhu tablets for purification of water and IEC material for creating awareness on Swachhata, health and hygiene issues.
GAIL has deployed the four MMUs as part of its CSR initiative Project Arogya (Wellness) which provides nutrition, health and sanitation and drinking water facilities. They will primarily provide services to villages along the GAIL natural gas pipelines being constructed in Odisha under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project, i.e., in the districts of Cuttack, Jajpur, Angul and Dhenkenal. The project will be implemented through Wockhardt Foundation.
The Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project, which is presently under construction, will connect eastern India to the country’s Natural Gas Grid through the Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Pipeline (JHBDPL). The pipeline will pass through five states, i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal and the longest stretch – 762 kms – will be built in Odisha.
GAIL is also implementing the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to provide environment-friendly Piped Natural Gas for households and industries and Compressed Natural Gas for vehicles.