A mobile medical unit (MMU) has been launched in order to help the local tribal community in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The MMU was formally flagged off by Mr Niraj Kumar Bansod, District Collector, Sukma, and Mr IVSS Prasad, Joint General Manager, Essar Steel, Kirandul, at the District Hospital on February 26, 2015. Essar Foundation and Essar Steel Vizag have launched the MMU in partnership with Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), an NGO that specializes in health services.
A doctor, nurse, lab technician and an outreach worker will travel with the MMU to 20 remote villages on a cyclical basis and provide essential healthcare services. This is very critical for the area since Sukma is a remote district with a paucity of qualified doctors. People mainly suffer from malaria, tuberculosis, waterborne diseases, malnutrition and gynecological problems. They have to travel long distances to avail of health services and hence, lose a lot of time and potential income opportunities. The MMU will also reach out to villages in Dantewada district.
Others present at the launch included Dr Ajitendra Kumar, Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow; Dr Barse Mahadev, BMO, Sukma; Mr Deepak David, DGM, CSR, Essar, Vizag; Dr Tej Prakash Sharma, Senior Manager, CSR, Essar; Mr Badampudi Prasad, Incharge Water Pumping Station, Sukma; Mrs Bhawna, AGM, HLFPPT; Mr Sanjeeb Rout from HLFPPT and other representatives from Essar.