Healthcare at doorstep for underprivileged
The initiative is the first of its kind in the City. Named ‘Smile on Wheels,’ a well-equipped mobile hospital was launched for public service in the two villages on Tuesday.
Launched by the Smile Foundation, in association with the Karuna Trust and sponsored by the Life Insurance Corporation of India as part of its corporate social responsibility, ‘Smile on Wheels’ is a national-level mobile hospital programme with 22 mobile units operating in 13 states of the country.
The programme has benefited more than 5.20 lakh people so far. The mobile hospital unit, which has specialised doctors and nurses, tours selected villages and slums regularly.
The hospital has a X-ray machine, a laboratory, basic testing equipment and a pharmacy.
The mobile unit will also refer patients to nearby government hospitals.