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Hospital-on-train reaches Barmer, free care from Sept 26

The Lifeline Express (LLE), a hospital on a train, came to the Barmer railway station to provide medical help to the disabled and rural poor from September 26 to October 16

jaipur Updated: Sep 24, 2017 19:01 IST
P Srinivasan
The hospital-on-train was launched in 1991 after an agreement between the Impact India Foundation (IIF), a Mumbai-based NGO, and the railway ministry.
The hospital-on-train was launched in 1991 after an agreement between the Impact India Foundation (IIF), a Mumbai-based NGO, and the railway ministry.(File photo/PTI)

The Lifeline Express (LLE), a hospital on a train, came to the Barmer railway station to provide medical help to the disabled and rural poor from September 26 to October 16.

The hospital-on-train was launched in 1991 after an agreement between the Impact India Foundation (IIF), a Mumbai-based NGO, and the railway ministry. It finds mention in the Limca Book of Records as the world’s first hospital train.

“Health minister Kali Charan Saraf and health department principal secretary Veenu Gupta will inaugurate the services at Barmer railway station on September 26,” said Dr Yagnik Vaza, deputy director, health services, LLE.

The idea behind the train is to provide diagnostic, medical, and advanced surgical treatment to persons with disabilities and reach out to inaccessible rural areas that lack medical services.

Doctors on the hospital train will attend to cancer patients in Barmer free of cost, apart from treating eye, cleft lip, epilepsy, dental and hearing problems. Experts from AIIMS-Delhi, AIIMS-Jodhpur, Hinduja Hospital-Mumbai, Tata Memorial Hospital-Mumbai and Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital hospital-Jaipur will treat people on LLE, said Dr Pawan Singhal, head and neck cancer surgeon at SMS Hospital.

He said patients from Barmer, Phalodi, Pokhran, Jaisalmer, Balotara and Jodhpur would get treatment.

Officials said 3500 patients, identified under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), would be treated in this train, also known as Jeevan Rekha Express.

In 26 years, the train has covered 20 states and 184 districts, said IIF chief operating officer Rajneesh Gaur. “More than 1.30 lakh surgeries have been done in this train and over 10 lakh patients attended to in the out-patient department.”

Two coaches were added to the train – total seven -- on December 8, 2016 for cancer treatment, said Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, professor at Tata Memorial Hospital. “Of the seven coaches, three are fully equipped operation theatres. Surgery for oral, breast and cervical cancer will be done.”

Screening of oral, breast and cervical cancer will be done from September 28 to October 10, and surgery on October 7 and 8, Gaur said.

The train will leave for West Bengal from Barmer.