Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF), the philanthropic arm of Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), flagged off their first Mobile Chikitsa at Laxmangarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan, under their public health programme Sparsh Sanjeevani. Intended to bolster healthcare services in rural neighbourhoods, the mobile primary healthcare clinic has a doctor on-board and is equipped with testing facilities for spot-diagnostic tests. 

The clinic was officially launched in the presence of SS Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, who said: ‘Hyundai’s global vision of “progress for humanity” reiterates our aim to drive sustainable change in communities across the globe. Mobile Chikitsa 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 Mobile Chikitsa will cater to a community of up to 25,000 people and if need be, can service up to three additional communities. In addition to free consultation, diagnostic tests and providing for medicines through the attached pharmacy, awareness programmes about different diseases and their prevention will also be conducted. No routine vaccinations will be done.

The Mobile Chikitsa unit will cover two villages on a daily basis through a fixed roster and service around 100 patients. Overall, the mobile van will cater to the needs of 16 villages of Laxmangarh block. Patients 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.

Responding to queries from CauseBecause, Puneet Anand, AVP and group head–corporate affairs, HMIL, informs that this is a pilot project and there are plans to expand the same to other locations. On impact-assessment parameters, he says these will not be limited to the number of patients treated but also cover the overall change in behaviour of people by creating awareness around common ailments.