DHUBRI: Lifeline Express, the hospital train, concluded its programme in Dhubri and left for Arunachal Pradesh. A function was held at Gauripur railway station of Dhubri district by the Impact India Foundation, an NGO on Saturday.
The Lifeline Express, India’s first hospital train which was introduced to treat the poorest of the poor people in need of medical facilities, started its service on January 18. The hospital train camped at Gauripur Railway Station from January 18 to February 8 to treat the patients of conditions like cataract, hearing problems, cleft lips, orthopaedics, dental services and epilepsy.
This service programme in Dhubri district was sponsored by the Bharat Petroleum .This hospital train has created a history in the field of social work. The people expect a better medical system to be launched in the remote area of Dhubri district.
Talking to The Sentinel, Prof (Dr.) Rohini V. Chowgule, trustee of Impact India Foundation, said that the foundation had been providing medical facilities to poor people as social work since 1983 and train hospital service since1991.
“Total 208 places have been already covered and more than 30 staff is engaged in this service. The next programme of Lifeline Express Hospital Train will be in Arunachal Pradesh,” Chowgule said.
During the period of camp at Gauripur, altogether 6,500 patients were registered, of which eye surgery 426 (cataract) cases, ENT 74 cases, plastic surgery 18 cleft lips, paediatric orthopaedic surgeries and 40 cancer screenings were registered. This project has been sponsored by Bharat Petroleum Private Limited. All the members of the medical team were felicitated by Dhubri unit of Lions Club in presence of senior members of the club.