Health Check-Up In One Rupee At Clinics In Mumbai’s Railway Stations

“One Rupee Clinics” that have come up at five stations across the railway network. ( Photo Credit: AFP)

Mumbai: To provide prompt and affordable medical assistance to rail accident victims and commoners, the Central Railways in Mumbai plans to start “One Rupee Clinics” at nineteen railway stations in its first phase.

The clinic at Ghatkopar station, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, is now fully functional. People are happy that they are they need to give only a token fee of Re 1 to see a doctor.

The clinics will soon be operational at Dadar, Kurla, Wadala and Mulund railway stations.

An elderly Indian patient receives an Electrocardiograph (ECG) inside a “One Rupee Clinic” as another patient has a presciption written in an emergency medical room (EMR) in Mumbai. (Photo Credit: AFP)

A PIL was filed in the Bombay High Court in March by rail activist Samir Zaveri on the issue of lack of prompt medical help in case of accidents on railway tracks.

Following this, the Court ordered the Railways to set up Emergency Medical Rooms (EMRs) at all the stations on the Central and Western Line in a phased manner.

While the consultation fee in the clinics is just Re 1, a blood pressure check-up can be done here free of cost. The fee for other tests is also nominal. Blood Sugar Fee is Rs 25, Nebulizer Fee is Rs 30, ECG to cost Rs 50, dressing fee is Rs 50 and IV Fluid fee is Rs 100.

According to the latest available data, on an average, nine people die on the congested railway network of Mumbai every day. Most deaths happen while crossing tracks and many fall off the overcrowded carriages. Chances of injuries are high during the rush-hour congestion.

In 2015, 3,304 people died and 3,349 suffered accident injuries while commuting in local trains.

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