Over a 1,000 patients from remote corners of North Tripura district have been treated at Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital train in the last two days at Churaibari railway station, officials said on Thursday.
Life Line Express Joint Director Anil Premsagar said that on the first day, the train received 400 patients and the number of patients grew up to 600 on Wednesday.
Premsagar also said that diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment to disabled persons is provided on the train.
He said that 77 cataract patients would undergo surgery at the hospital train from Thursday.
Premsagar said that surgeries on eye and ear conditions, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery and treatment of oral, breast and cervical cancer are provided on Lifeline Express.
He said that the hospital train would provide good healthcare services to the rural people of Tripura where proper healthcare facilities are scarce.
Chief Medical Officer of North Tripura district Jagadish Chandra Nama said that the Health Department provided 11 personnel for assisting the staff of Lifeline Express in attending to the patients.
Churaibari Assistant Station Superintendent Prasanta Bhattacharjee said that the train which arrived in Tripura on December 16, had commenced its healthcare services on Tuesday and would continue its services till January 6, 2019.
The Lifeline Express or Jeevan Rekha Express is a joint collaboration between the Impact India Foundation, Indian Railways and the Health Ministry and began in 1991 to provide healthcare services to remote rural areas of the country that lacks proper medical facilities.
The Lifeline Express had treated 10 lakh people across 184 districts in 20 states of the country since 1991.