Bhubaneswar, August 21: In order to provide healthcare at the doorstep in rural Odisha, especially to those which are inaccessible rural areas, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off 11 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) which will travel to rural areas across the State providing free primary health care services.
Each MMU will have a qualified doctor, nurse, laboratory technician, pharmacist, essential medicines and diagnostic kit (Swashtya Jaanch Machine) and information and awareness material on health and hygiene. One unit can cover four to five villages a day on a regular basis and can cater to the needs of 90 to 100 people on an average. The unit can also function as a referral clinic and ambulance in emergencies.
Six of these MMUs, which are specially equipped Tempo Traveler vehicles, have been supported by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., four by GAIL (India) Limited and one by Oil and Natural Gas Ltd. (ONGC) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. GAIL has deployed four MMUs as part of its CSR initiative -Project Arogya. HPCL has put six units in service as part of its ‘Project Dhanwantari’ under CSR. One unit has been mobilised by Oil and Natural Gas Ltd. (ONGC).
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.