Maithon Power Limited’s medical van stationed at a Nirsa village on Tuesday. (Gautam Dey)
Health on wheels is travelling faster for the needy.
Having treated over 35,000 patients in 12 project-affected villages in Nirsa block of Dhanbad in the past year, two mobile medical units of Maithon Power Limited — a joint venture of Tata Power and DVC — have extended their services to 12 more villages from March 1.
The villages of Poddardih, Pandra, Mathadih, Tulsivita, Ubchuria, Kunthol, Pandra, Nichu Beldanga, Hariajam, Belchadhi, Mugma and Barwadih have been brought under the ambit of the health on wheels service as the railway tracks of the power firm has affected the villagers.
Maithon Power Limited through its mobile medical service — which was already available in Beldanga, Madandih, Barbendia, Paludih, Purni More, Samandhpur, Joshpur, Simuldanga, Dangapara, Kamardih, Sana and Palharpur since January 2013 — has therefore succeeded in delivering medical care to over one lakh patients across the 24 villages in Nirsa block.
Mukhiya of Palharpur panchayat Vishwarup Mandal was all praise for the power firm’s initiative.
“Earlier we had to travel all the way to Nirsa community health centre, which is more than 7km away from our village,” Mandal said.
The two mobile medical units comprising a doctor, a pharmacist and four nurses each visit four villages daily, except on Sundays.
“A project co-ordinator and two retired doctors of BCCL , R.B. Singh and R. Prasad, accompany the visiting teams,” said corporate social responsibility head of the power firm Mrityunjay Ray.
The medical teams, however, treat only non-chronic patients. “We cannot cure chronic diseases as we don’t have any hospital-like facility,” Ray added.
According to the power firm, residents of the surrounding areas of the project-affected villages also avail of the service.
“Thus, indirectly 60 villages are covered under our mobile medical unit project,” claimed lead associate of corporate affairs wing of Maithon Power Limited Abhishek Singh.