Uttarakhand to set up 13 mobile hospitals

Sep 08, 2008

Dehradun, 7 Sep 2008

As many as 13 specialised mobile hospitals will shortly be set up in Uttarakhand in order to provide best medical facilities at the doorsteps and to tackle emergencies like accidents in the hill state.

Health Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said road accidents were common in the state with nearly 300 to 500 persons being killed every year in such incidents and most of the time, people do not get medical facilities in time.

These mobile hospitals, having specialised teams of doctors and surgeons, would be stationed at the district headquarters and could be rushed on the distress call. Nishank claimed that Uttarakhand would be the first state in the country to have hospitals on wheels.

Each mobile hospital, which would be equipped with all facilities, would be built with a cost of Rs 1 crore.
These hospitals would be run in PPP mode, he said. The government has invited global tenders, which would be finalised in two months time and it has so far received 130 tenders, Nishank said.

The government has also decided to build 20 trauma centres across the state and an amount of Rs 100 crore will be spent in this regard, he said.

In addition to this, the government would spend Rs 150 crore for the upgradation and modernisation of the primary health centres. To support the mobile hospitals and primary health centres, the government is setting up a number of blood banks at the district-level.

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