May 10, 2018

The Hospital-On-Wheels Has Proved To Be A Boon For The Poorest People Of India

Being the second most populated country and the fastest growing economy in the world, India faces a major challenge when it comes to the healthcare system. 

The healthcare system of the country most certainly needs attention, but the authorities are definitely trying to bring it to a full balance. An example of this would be The Lifeline Express, rolled into the sleepy town of Jalore in Rajasthan.

55-year-old Bhagwana Ram Prajapat was anxiously waiting to board this train as he was looking for treatment for his grandson's cleft-lip and the specially converted sky-blue, seven-coach train was the answer to his prayers. "We had been waiting for the surgery ever since the child was born 18 months ago," said Prajapat as his grandson was wheeled into the operating theatre onboard the hospital-train.

It spends about a month in a district before moving on to a new destination, filling a critical gap in the country's public health system. Government-run community health centres form the backbone of rural healthcare in the country. But a lack of infrastructure and doctors means 70 percent of the country's 1.25 billion people have no easy access to treatment, reported AFP.
Improving the quality of life

In a report by AFP it was said that the Lifeline Express has been providing free treatment to the needy in deepest India for nearly three decades. It has helped more than one million people, treating ailments ranging from cataracts to cancer. The train crisscrosses the country, providing state-of-the-art medical care to those who would otherwise have to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest major hospital.

Source - AMP

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