May 16th, 2017
The Central Railway has teamed up with medical consultant organisation Magicdil to launch “One Rupee Clinics” in all major central railway stations in Mumbai. These will be provided in Emergency Medical Rooms (EMRs).
- These clinics will be open 24×7.
- They will provide swift medical assistance to rail accident victims for a token charge of Rs 1.
- They will have three to four MBBS doctors.
- They will be accompanied by pharmacies and pathology clinics.
- Blood pressure and blood sugar checkups are also provided at discounted prices (BP check is free).
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) May 13, 2017
The installation of EMRs was thanks to the efforts of rail activist Samir Zaveri. Mr Zaveri’s PIL in the Bombay High Court on the issue of lack of prompt medical help in case of accidents on railway tracks resulted in the Court ordering the Railways to set up EMRs at all stations on the Central and Western Line in a phased manner.
Along with One Rupee Clinic, there will also be a Magicdil Pharmacy at every station. These pharmacies will provide 10% to 21% discount on all medicines and also a Magicdil Pathology Clinic which will provide 10% to 40% discount on all tests.
India Today reported Rahul Ghule of Magicdil as saying:
“We wanted to provide affordable Medical service to common people. We came to know about railway plan to start such scheme thus we offered them our plan and idea. Railways had helped us with the infrastructure to build these clinics … During railway accident victim needs immediate medical assistance thus we have all necessary equipment and life saving tools and medicines including ECG machines, Ambu bags, Pulse-Oxymeter, Oxygen cylinders.”
Based on the frequency of rail accidents, five of the city’s most crowded stations have been selected. The first five EMRs have been launched at Dadar, Kurla, Wadala, Mulund, and Ghatkopar stations.
The Logical Indian community appreciates the Central Railway and Magicdil for their efforts in helping rail accident victims in India. We hope that the One Rupee Medical Clinics are successful in decreasing casualties so that the model could be implemented in other parts of the India in the coming months.