The world’s first hospital train, Lifeline Express is all set to get two additional coaches for cancer treatment. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Railways on 5 December 2016.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with Health Minister JP Nadda will be inaugurating the new additions. The coaches are purely equipped for detection and control of oral, cervical and breast cancer and prevention of stroke. They will be accompanied by three fully equipped operation theatres.
These additions just add more strength to the existing life-saving services present on the five-coach train, as it is already equipped to conduct surgeries for sight, hearing, clefts, burns, broken bones and treatment of epilepsy and dental issues.
Around 10000 people are estimated to benefit from the project at each location.
About the Lifeline Express
Besides providing instant medical aid, the service aims to improve the efficiency of existing government body and health infrastructure and services in the remote areas. It also aims to encourage the local bodies to gain more understanding on the programme and then provide follow-up services once the train departs.