Hyundai Motor India deploys mobile medical unit to provide healthcare services as part of CSR initiative

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 29 Jan 2021

Hyundai Motor India Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hyundai Motor India has commenced its first health initiative ‘Mobile Chikitsa’, under their public health programme, Sparsh Sanjeevani, to provide healthcare services in rural neighbourhoods.

The Mobile Chikitsa project is a mobile primary healthcare clinic with doctor on board and equipped with testing facilities for spot diagnostic tests.  The medical unit of Mobile Chikitsa was flagged-off for Laxmangarh, in Alwar district of Rajasthan, in the presence of S S Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India and senior CSR officials of HMIF.

S S Kim said, “Hyundai global vision of Progress for Humanity reiterates our aim to drive sustainable change in communities across the globe. Mobile Chikitsa under our public health initiative ‘Sparsh Sanjeevani’, will strengthen the accessibility of healthcare services in the most vulnerable communities of rural India. We hope to augment the government of India’s programmes of reforming the public healthcare system and advance the country’s pursuit of health and wellness for all.”

The company says its initiative is aligned with the government of India’s Ayushman Bharat Yojana and will cater to a community of up to 25,000 people and if need be can service up to 3 additional communities. A qualified MBBS doctor on board will provide free consultation and medicines through the attached pharmacy. The mobile clinic is equipped with testing facilities for spot diagnostic tests covering blood sugar, BP, Malaria and Dengue among others. They will not provide any routine vaccinations. In addition, awareness programs about different diseases and their prevention will also be conducted.

The Mobile Chikitsa unit will cover 2 villages per day through a fixed roster and service around 100 patients, who will be provided with a health card to record their case history and individuals diagnosed with serious ailments will be referred to the nearest government or private hospital. 

The mobile clinics have been designed on similar lines and will service areas where there are no healthcare facilities. The van will cover the villages of Lili, Raipur Jat, Jawli, Toda, Hasanpur, Mundjori, Tilakpur, Ucchar, Narnol, Gor Pahari, Deewli, Manjpta, Semla, Berla Bass, Kajota and Kanwara.

In February 2018, the Government of India announced Ayushman Bharat Yojana for creation of 150, 000 Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) by transforming the existing sub-centres and Primary Health centres. These centres have been mandated to deliver Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) bringing healthcare closer to the homes of people. They cover both, maternal and child health services and non-communicable diseases, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services. The initiative will be expanded in a phased manner in other parts of the state and in select areas across the country.