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State-of-the-art healthcare bus launched

Bengaluru, Jan 26, 2015, DHNS: 1:42 IST
The interiors of 'Nesargi Sanjeevini', the healthcare bus that includes equipment for electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and pulse oximetry tests. DH photo
A healthcare bus, equipped not just to conduct health check-ups but also to give results of various blood tests within a span of few hours, was launched in the City on Sunday by the Samragni Swa Udyog Trust in memory of late Justice M S Nesargi.

The vehicle named ‘Nesargi Sanjeevini’, is equipped with an auto blood analyser that is capable of conducting 14 different tests using bloods samples. The machine can also test samples of 10 persons simultaneously.

Besides, the vehicle includes the necessary equipment used to conduct electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and pulse oximetry tests. The vehicle will not have any doctors but appointments can be made for consultation. It will have paramedics onboard, who will be catering mainly to the underprivileged in the urban areas as well as in the rural areas.

Former MLA and senior High Court counsel Pramila Nesargi, who is the chairman of the trust, said the vehicle has been developed at a cost of Rs 84 lakh by a New Delhi-based company Crescendo Corporation.

Speaking on the occasion, Supreme Court judge Justice Gopala Gowda said, despite completing 68 years of independence, basic health care was still not reaching the rural areas. Primary health centres lack doctors in several villages even today, he added.

Justice Gowda said that the healthcare bus would travel to rural areas. Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash Adi V said that it had become very difficult to diagnose diseases and people have to spend thousands at hospitals.

He added that such a vehicle would help the poor to cater to their health needs.
DH News Service

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