LifeLine Express, the world’s first Train Hospital reached Kazipet in Warangal district of Telangana on January 12 and launched free medical services to poor and under privileged patients in the district.
While launching the 20 day free medical camp of Lifeline Express, at Kazipet railway station Amrapali Kata, district collector of Warangal Urban said, “Lifeline Express is the world’s first state of art hospital on wheels, providing free diagnosis and medical treatment facilities to underprivileged patients. The poor people of surrounding districts of Mahabubabad, Warangal Rural, Janagao and Bhupalapally districts can take advantage of this camp and get benefited.”
According to Vaibhav Gupta, Lifeline Express manager, the train which is also known as ‘Magic train’ has completed 25 years in service of the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India. The train, the flagship of Impact India Foundation, in partnership with the Indian Railways has so far extended its service to over one million people. “This train is also called as Magic Train. In fact this is the 179th project of Lifeline Express. The 20 day camp will last till 29th of January and will provide free diagnostic and treatment facilities for patients. Patients with cleft lip, cataract and defects caused due to polio and those with hearing impairments can also get best of its kind treatment,” said Vaibhav Gupta. The State Bank of India Foundation is sponsoring the project of the Lifeline Express which is run by the Impact Foundation and Indian Railways.
President and chief operating officer, SBI Foundation, R Narottham Reddy, appealed to the poor and underprivileged patients to utilize the medical services including the surgeries free of cost at the Lifeline Express. “We will even provide transport facility to those who cannot afford to come here from far off places. Our SBI bank officials would help the patients to arrive at Kazipet,” he announced.
Stating that the last two projects, sponsored by SBI in Assam and Odisha earlier, were attended by about 10,000 patients, Narottham Reddy hoped that more than 10,000 patients would utilize the services at Kazipet.
Apart from cataract and cleft lip the doctors will also conduct orthopedic and screening for oral, breast and cervical cancer, counseling, dental and epilepsy treatment at the Magic train.
The Mobile train has operation theatres, a pathology lab, a mammography unit, and a gynecology examination room, a dental unit, pharmacy, consultation cubicle, X-ray and various other facilities. Of the 5 coach train, recently the authorities have added two more coaches to accommodate cancer and family healthcare services.