In an effort to bridge the gap between rural and urban healthcare for women, a free mobile healthcare unit (MHU) has been launched in Delhi.
The Naari Jeevan Srot Express, as it is called, was flagged off by Sushma Dureja, deputy commissioner, ministry of health and family welfare. It is an initiative by Gaudium Foundation which will connect 74 districts and 250 locations in northern India by bus, reaching out to more than 9.5 crore people. The bus will hold 18 medical camps in Delhi and cover multiple villages in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu.
Beside mapping the magnitude of gynaecological diseases among women and sensitizing health care professionals, the initiative will aim to seek probable solutions, covering all aspects of treatment modalities, from risk identification and analysis to preventive strategies, diagnosis and medication, treatment or surgery, if required.
According to Manika Khanna, founder of Gaudium Foundation, “The purpose of Naari Jeevan Srot Express is to support the efforts of the government to reduce maternal deaths and promote well being of the girl child. Though there has been considerable progress on the twin fronts of newborn and reproductive health, but still a lot needs to be done.”
The mobile unit will provide free treatment including medicines, iron supplements, diet counselling besides full body check up and body composition analysis.