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This hospital on wheels provides free healthcare to those in need2 min read

January 10, 2021 2 min read


This hospital on wheels provides free healthcare to those in need2 min read

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This train truly lives up to its name! Lifeline Express is a special train that has been turned into a hospital to bring healthcare services to even the remotest parts of the country. In some areas, getting access to hospital care is difficult, and so, the Lifeline Express chugs to the rescue. Let’s learn a little about this medical marvel.

Established in 1991, Jeevan Rekha Express or Lifeline Express is the world’s first hospital train that covers all parts of the country, providing free healthcare to those in need. The seven-coach train is a joint initiative by the Indian Railways, the Ministry of Health and Impact India Foundation, a Mumbai-based organisation.

It is air-conditioned and has facilities aboard similar to a regular hospital. Along with a team of doctors on board, Lifeline Express has two modern operation theatres, five operating tables, a sterilization room, a patient ward, and adequate storage space for medical equipment.

Lifeline Express has two modern operating theatres

Cancer awareness is one of the major causes the initiative works for, but apart from that, dental care, eye care, hearing issues, epilepsy and counselling and referral services are some of the treatments offered. Lifeline Express also collaborates with different local health authorities for immunizations and preventive measures. Patients can also get their blood pressure and sugar levels checked, and also get X-ray scans.

A glimpse inside the hospital on wheels

The first coach of the train has a staff compartment and pantry area. It is equipped with a kitchen, water purifier, gas stove and electric oven and refrigerator.

The train is currently stationed at Baradpur station in Assam, providing care to patients in need.

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Up until 2019, the Lifeline Express had travelled across 19 states, covering 201 rural locations in 138 districts, providing medical treatment to 12.32 lakh patients!

Sources: The Better India, Economic Times

Pictures: RailMinIndia/Twitter