In the coming two months, five of Mumbai's railway stations are going to set up emergency medical clinics that will charge patients visiting them only one rupee. As part of this initiative, the Central Railway has agreed to provide the space for the clinics free of cost.
The five railway stations are Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Wadala, and Dadar. These clinics will not just have emergency support facilities, but will also be equipped with MBBS doctors 24/7, for routines illnesses. Visiting doctors in Dermatology, Diabetes, and Gynaecology are also going to be present at these clinics. The amenities include a pathology lab where the tests shall be done, and medicines will be sold at discounted prices.
A senior official from Central Railway, in a chat with Times of India, said,
Emergency Medical Rooms (EMRs) with one-rupee clinics will come up at Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Wadala, and Dadar. They will be established at 15 more stations depending on when the first set is ready, which is expected to be in a couple of months.
A public-private partnership (PPP) is being employed to bring this initiative to life. The Central Railway will assist with the space, water, and electricity, while all the costs of setting up, equipment, and human resources shall be taken care of by the private organisation that is collaborating with the railways.
Dr. Rahul Ghule, a city-based doctor, who, along with his brother, is the brains behind the initiative, told The Indian Express, "We realised that railway stations provide the easiest access to lakhs of people in the city."