Dec 7, 2016

Indian Railways in partnership with Impact India Foundation To Augment Two Additional Coaches For Cancer & Family Health Services To THE LIFELINE EXPRESS – the world’s first State-of-the-art Hospital Train

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways and Shri. J. P. Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare inaugurates tomorrow i.e. 6th December 2016 here, augmentation of two additional coaches to the existing five-coach hospital train ‘Lifeline Express’ for the Detection & Control of Oral, Breast and Cervical Cancer, Prevention of Stroke and Family Health Services in the presence of Mr. Manoj Sinha, Minister of Telecom (Independent charge) & Minister of State for Railways and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for PMO.

These additional services will be provided to augment the existing restorative surgeries conducted for Sight, Hearing, Clefts, Burn contractures and Orthopaedic impairment, and treatment of Epilepsy and Dental problems on the Lifeline Express. Three fully equipped Operation Theatres will be available for free-of-cost services to the rural poor across India. A total of 10,000 persons will benefit at each project location. The augmented seven-coach Lifeline Express will commence its 178th Lifeline Express project at Satna, in Madhya Pradesh (MP) from December 15, 2016 till January 5, 2017. Other LLE projects in 2017 will be at Telangana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, MP, Gujarat and other locations.

This is a unique project which has so far medically treated over one million disabled poor in rural India, all free of cost, made possible with the ‘donated’ services of over 200,000 medical professionals from around the world. At 177 projects across India, the Lifeline Express has performed more than one lakh surgeries for restoration of mobility, vision, hearing and correction of facial deformities. The Lifeline Express has also provided treatment for Epilepsy and dental ailments.

The Lifeline Express known worldwide as the “Magic Train of India” has been the model for several countries to replicate this unique project with Hospital Trains and River Boat Hospitals.

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