The Malkangiri administration launched a Boat Clinic (mobile health unit) on Tuesday in an effort to provide better healthcare facilities to over 20,000 villagers in 151 villages of the cut-off area situated across the Balimela reservoir.
The Boat Clinic will move from village to village inside the reservoir to treat patients. Officials said the boat dispensary service – named Gurupriya after the river it will ply on – has been equipped with all facilities generally available at a dispensary.
According to the collector, the boat is equipped with medicines, special cabins to treat patients and a pathology unit to conduct various tests.
“There will be a permanent doctor, a pharmacist and other staff at the mobile boat health unit. It will be stationed at the Chitrakonda Dam ferry point. A route chart has been prepared and each day the Boat Clinic will visit different villages,” said Malkangiri collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy.
Earlier, there was boat ambulance service in the area through which serious patients were shifted to the Chitrakonda Hospital. This new service will enable patients to be treated on the spot. “Around Rs 67 lakh has been spent for the mobile health unit,” the collector said.