HLFPPT, DLF Foundation launch mobile medicare unit in Noida
New Delhi, January 15, 2016
Residents in underserved villages and slum settlements in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, near here, will now have easy access to primary healthcare services as Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) launched a mobile medicare unit (MMU) with the support of DLF Foundation.
The MMU will provide a range of basic diagnostic, curative facilities, health education and referral services, a press release from HLFPPT said.
Known as “Merrymobile”, the MMU will provide preventive, promotive and basic curative healthcare services at the doorsteps of the people, besides raising awareness on Maternal and Child Health and developing positive health-seeking behavior.
A ‘mini-hospital on the move’, it is manned by professional staff comprising a doctor, a nurse and a lab technician along with outreach workers.
The project of DLF Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of real estate major DLF Ltd, has been implemented in partnership with HLFPPT, a not for profit organisation promoted by the public sector HLL Lifecare Limited.
Noida District Magistrate Nagendra Pratap Singh, who flagged off the MMU from his office, said it is “a good beginning” made by DLF Foundation and HLFPPT. “The initiative will go a long way in meeting the primary healthcare needs of the deprived and marginalized people in some areas of Noida,” he added.
The MMU will provide its services to JJ Cluster in Sector 16, Sector 17, and Sector 18, besides in Harola, Chalera and Bhangel villages. It is also linked to the primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the District Hospital in the area for referral service. The MMU has fixed delivery points on appointed dates and its benefits will be brought to the poor and underserved people through community mobilization, the release said.
The inaugural function was attended by Mr. Ritesh Sinha, Director, CSR, DLF Ltd, Mr. Rajiv Singh, Senior Vice President, DLF Ltd, officials from HLFPPT and local members of the nearby communities.
“DLF Foundation’s Merrymobile MMU aims to improve health status of community members. through DLF Ltd. More plans are afoot to take initiatives in Uttar Pradesh towards skill training, providing quality education to the underprivileged in addition to its healthcare interventions are currently functional in the state,” said Mr Ritesh Sinha and Mr Rajiv Singh from DLF.
HLFPPT CEO Sharad Agarwal said the MMU, which was launched today in NOIDA, is the eleventh one in the country. “We have launched 10 other MMUs which are functional in states of Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Rajsathan as part of CSR initiatives of companies and under programmes of different state government bodies,” he informed.
The MMU provides an array of curative facilities and maternal and child health services, These include treatment for minor ailments like fever, diarrhoea, worm infestation, detection of TB, malaria, leprosy and other locally endemic communicable and non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular ailments. There is also provision of first aid, minor surgical procedures and suturing.
With regard to maternal and child health services, it promotes registration of and antenatal check-ups for pregnancies, promotion of institutional deliveries, counselling for early breast-feeding, contraception, distribution of oral contraceptives and condom birth registration, immunisation, and treatment of RTI/STI.
Further, the MMU is fitted with diagnostic facilities for blood pressure, blood sugar, haemoglobin, blood grouping, besides iron and folic acid supplementation and lifestyle diseases (like hypertension and diabetes). Also, government and private hospital diagnostic facilities are leveraged for tests which cannot be administered using equipments available on the MMU, the release added.