Bhubaneswar, Apr 20 (IBNS) Lifeline Express, the 'Hospital on Wheels', currently being hosted by Tata Steel at Chhatrapur Railway station in Ganjam district of Odisha, started its operations on Friday.
Odisha Health and Family Welfare and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Damodar Rout formally inaugurated the operations of Lifeline Express.
The initiative aims at providing free surgical interventions in areas of post-polio deformities, hearing disorders, dental, cleft lip and eye problems of the people.
People living in the farthest corners of Ganjam district and parts of Gajapati and Kandhamal districts will be benefited from this initiative, said Tata Steel authorities.
The hospital will be stationed at the Chhatrapur Railway station till May 11.
Tata Steel is hosting the Lifeline Express for the second time in Ganjam district and for the seventh time in Odisha.
Across the country, this is for the 17th time that the company is hosting Lifeline Express.
Prior to this, Tata Steel has hosted Lifeline Express in five locations in Odisha, namely Gopalpur, Daitari, Jajpur Road, Meramundali and Joda.
The initiative has come to the aid of more than 24,000 differently-abled persons in Odisha.
"With five Hospitals, two Community Health Centers and two ICUs that have been set up in the rural areas and by introducing mobile healthcare units and organising health camps, Tata Steel's healthcare services reaches out to around 4 lakh people in the villages of Odisha every year," said an official spokesperson.
"Through its community outreach initiatives, Tata Steel reaches out to more than 25,000 families across 500 villages in the State. With ongoing and committed investment of over Rs 50,000 crore spanning steel, power, ports, infrastructure, technology and hospitality sectors in Odisha, the community development initiatives in Odisha will increase in number and reach," he said.
Tata Steel Group is Asia´s first integrated private sector steel company.