How Mumbai’s Re1 clinic saved the life of a railway commuter who experienced chest pain
Doctors at the hospital performed an emergency electrocardiography- a test that records the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time- which confirmed that Mukri had a heart attack.mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2017 10:39 IST
A forty-one year old man from Panvel, who was travelling on the central railway line, was saved in the nick of time after he was rushed to a clinic at Kurla station that charges Re 1 as consultation fees.
At 9:30pm on July 29, Sameer Mukri, a labourer, experienced severe chest pain, sweating and uneasiness, when three passengers rushed him to the clinic.
Doctors at the hospital performed an emergency electrocardiography- a test that records the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time- which confirmed that Mukri had a heart attack.
Mukri was given blood thinners like aspirin to manage his condition and rushed to Sir JJ hospital, Byculla for further treatment, said Dr Rahul Ghule, who attended Mukri.
“A a delay of fifteen more minutes could have led to more complications. In all emergency cases, if patients don’t receive urgent medical help, it could cost them their life. These clinics thus prove to be really important at our crowded railway stations, ” Dr Ghule said.
The first Re1 clinic was opened on May 10 at Ghakopar station. The clinics also offer consultation for diabetes, skin problems and eye related problems. Pathology facilities are also available at costs 14% cheaper compared to other labs in the city.
At present, there are seven such clinics at Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Thane, Vashi and Wadala station.
These clinics are enabled to provide all kinds of emergency services. “We get about two to three emergency cases a day. Most of these cases are of railway accidents,” said Dr Ghule.
He added that his company, which runs these clinics, plans to expand these services to more stations in the coming months.