First batch of Mobile Medical Units launched

Patna, (Bihar Times): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday launched the first batch of Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) vans named Arogya Rath in five districts of the state. The programme, an important part of the central government’s National Rural Health Mission would provide medical facilities to the far-flung areas of the state.

Talking to mediapersons after flagging off the first batch of MMUs Nitish said that this facility would cater to the needs of those people who reside in far flung areas of the state as they would not have to go to the hospital, instead hospital would be at their doorstep.

Every district would be provided with one MMU van in the next two months, he said, adding that if the MMU scheme turns out to be a success then the number of MMUs could be increased in the districts.

The global positioning system (GPS) installed, in the mobile vans, would help its location and thus could be tracked easily.

The Chief Minister said that from July 15 patients would get all the pathological and radiology tests done free of cost right from primary health care centres to district hospitals. Earlier, this facility was limited to the people living below poverty line (BPL). The government would announce the setting up of a population control board in next two days in view of rising population growth, the chief minister said. The state government would take the advise of P V Anthony, who played pivotal role in stabilising the population of Tamil Nadu, to control the population.

Health Minister Nand Kishore Yadav said that on the occasion of Shravani Mela this facility was being introduced in five districts of Bhagalapur, Banka, Munger, Jamui and Begusarai in first phase and it would extended in all the districts within two months.

These mobile units have the facilities for pathological tests, X-Ray, ECG, ultrasound besides having the facility for conducting emergency operation, the health minister said.

Each of the MMU van would be accompanied by a doctor, a nurse, an X-Ray technician, a lab attendant, a pharmacist, an operation theatre assistant and a driver, he said and added the mini mobile hospital would have 33 types of tools and 33 life saving drugs. These mobile vans would be accompanied by another vehicle for doctors and other personnel, he said.

The MMU would be run on public private partnership mode. While the district health committee would be responsible to decide the places where the service of MMUs would be given, whereas the companies running the mobile vans would be responsible for delivering all the services.
Spake Systems, New Delhi, Jagran Solutions Ltd, New Delhi and Jain Studios Ltd, New Delhi have been assigned the job of running the MMU. They would provide their services in 14, 12 and 12 districts respectively.

The government would be paying Rs 4.68 lakh per month to the agencies for the mobile units. It has earmarked Rs 16.56 crore under the centrally sponsored National Rural Health Mission for the purpose in the year 2009-10.

Source: http://bihartimes.com/Newsbihar/2009/July/Newsbihar14July7.html

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