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World’s first Lifeline Hospital train treats over 1000 patients in two days

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World’s first lifeline hospital, a train healthcare services which was set up as a joint initiative of Impact of India Foundation and Indian Railways in 1991 has finally reached the Churaibari railway station in Tripura and treated over 1,000 patients in two days.

The train healthcare services is popularly known as Lifeline Express, it will be at stationed at Churaibari till January 6.

According to reports, among those who received treatment on the ‘Lifeline Express’ as of now, 77 cataract patients were identified, who would undergo surgery.

Lifeline Express Joint Director Anil Premsagar was quoted saying by news agency PTI, “We received 400 patients on the first day and today 600 patients had registered their names. We provide diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment to persons with disabilities.”

“We offer eye and surgeries, plastic surgery, orthopaedic surgery and treatment of oral, breast and cervical cancer on Lifeline Express,” Premsagar said.

It is to be noted that the World’s first lifeline hospital train has all modern medical facilities which include operation theatres, medical and advanced surgical treatment for preventive and curative interventions for disabled adults and children, especially in rural India.

The train healthcare was launched with three coaches donated by the Indian Railways, the Lifeline Express now has 7 coaches.

Notably, according to Impact India, the Lifeline Express model has been replicated in several countries including China, Central Africa and riverboat hospitals in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

As of now, the hospital train has conducted 1.30 lakh surgeries and treated more than 10 lakh patients in its Out Patient Department (OPD) across 184 districts in 20 states of the country till now.

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