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Himachal's mobile clinics meet twin objectives: Covid screening & healthcare at doorstep

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) One can notice mobile clinics in the bordering areas of Himachal Pradesh whose primary job is to screen those coming in from other states. These mobile clinics have doctors at hand to help and are equipped to conduct 40 types of tests.

by IANS | Updated Jun 11, 2020 15:00 PM

Himachal's mobile clinics meet twin objectives: Covid screening & healthcare at doorstep
(image) By Navneet Mishra

These clinics also carry photographs of Anurag Thakur, MP from Himachal's Hamirpur and also Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. The mobile clinic concept is his personal initiative.

In the last three months, Thakur has arranged 17 such mobile clinics which carry medicines along with doctors, nurses and paramedics. More than 30,000 people entering the state have so far been tested by these clinics in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This is part of Thakur's MP Mobile Health Service which he started two years ago. The initiative has helped in rendering health services to over 2 lakh patients in Thakur's Hamirpur constituency, which has several villages in hilly areas and where people face a lot of problems in getting hospital facilities.

He arranged such vehicles for each of the 17 assembly constituencies of Hamirpur. The ambulances were transformed into mobile clinics which are now deployed along the state borders to conduct corona screening of outsiders.

"These mobile clinics are active in five districts, 17 assembly constituencies, 800 panchayats of around 5,000 villages in Hamirpur parliamentary constituency. Forty tests including lipid profile, LFT/KFT, creatinine, uric acid, sugar glucose, hepatitis B/C can be conducted and medicines distributed for free-of-cost. Plus, these clinics also conduct corona tests for those who are entering Himachal Pradesh," Thakur told IANS.

He said the MP Mobile Health Service has so far conducted 30,000 primary tests for coronavirus, proving its worth. "All states and the Centre are working in coordination under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight Covid-19. In such difficult times, these mobile clinics are doing their part in our state," said Thakur.

--IANS

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