Kolkata: In a significant stride towards strengthening its health infrastructure, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is introducing six mobile health vans in the city. The tender for procuring the machines has already been placed.
"The commencement of the service will begin from the wards that have a comparatively large area and where people have to travel a great distance to reach the nearest primary health unit of KMC," said Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh.
It may be mentioned that wards 57 and 58 are some of the wards that are large in area in comparison to the average wards of the civic body.
According to a senior official in KMC's Health department, the mobile vans will have the full-fledged infrastructure of a primary health centre of a civic body, including doctors, nurses, pathologists, health officers and all types of medical equipment that a KMC health unit has.
Tests like pregnancy and basic blood tests of pressure, sugar, thyroid and HIV, can be done through these mobile health vans.
"We will be preparing a route map of the areas in which these mobile health units will start functioning," the official said, adding that more such vans will be introduced with further availability of funds. In the budget that was placed by Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Saturday, a total of Rs 156.61 crore has been allocated for the Health department of KMC.
It may be mentioned that when Siddhartha Shankar Ray was the chief minister, an initiative for starting similar type is services was taken. However, it did not materialise due to some reasons.
The KMC Health department has already begun its drive against vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, with councillors of most of the wards leading from the front.
"They are going door-to-door to create awareness on prevention of dengue," the health official said.