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Free Mobile Medical Units to boost Odisha rural healthcare drive

Bhubaneswar, August 20, 2017: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday flagged of 11 mobile medical units (MMUs) here on Sunday in order to provide doorstep healthcare facility in rural areas in Odisha. The service will be available free of cost. 

The global positioning system (GPS)-enabled MMUs were the initiative of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, GAIL (India) Ltd and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

“These MMUs are GPS enabled so that their movements can be tracked on a real time basis and will cover a range of upto 40 KM from base location,” said the Union Minister.

Each MMU has a qualified doctor, nurse, laboratory technician and pharmacist, including necessary medicines and diagnostic kit to provide medical facility at the doorstep. The MMUs will visit five villages in a day across in the State and can cater to the health needs of 90 to 100 people daily.  During any emergency situation, the units can also be used as referral clinics and as ambulance.

Apart from providing basic health services, the MMUs will also provide quarterly eye screening and medical health check up camps, free distribution of Moksha Sanitary Napkins to girls and women in villages, free distribution of Shuddhu tables for purification of water. The mobile units will also create awareness on cleanliness, health and hygiene issues.

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