The new mobile medical unit (MMU) of the district health department had started serving patients in the remote areas, Gurdaspur civil surgeon Dr Raghubir Singh Randhawa said on Sunday here.
Earlier, the district had two MMUs, but had to give one to Pathankot after that subdivision became a district. The civil surgeon said that the Punjab government had decided to waive all charges of health services provided by the MMUs. “The decision is in the interest of the general public, especially the under-served population living in remote and rural areas,” he added.
The Gurdaspur MMU takes medical facilities to people on all days except gazetted holidays. Each unit comprises of a doctor, a nurse, a radiographer, a lab technician, a helper, and a driver. It has infrastructure for OPD services, laboratory tests, x-rays scan, ECG examination, besides medicine stock. Nearly 50 people a day availing themselves of its services in the district.
“The MMU’s purpose is to make healthcare services available to the rural poor as well as the people living in urban slums. It is for people — the elderly, children and women especially — who are unable to visit hospitals. We take health facilities to their doorstep,” said the civil surgeon.