Nalcos mobile health units benefited 48,000 in Koraput

Bhubaneswar: Navratna PSU National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), under its CSR initiatives has immensely contributed towards improvement of healthcare facilities in periphery villages of its units by organising mobile camps which benefitted over 48,000 patients.

Particularly in Koraput district, where Nalco operates its Mines & Refinery, the company has successfully bridged the gap in providing healthcare services to remote areas through its Mobile Healthcare Units.

Nalco regularly organises mobile health camps in these periphery villages. In the past couple of years, Nalco has organised 820 such camps covering 160 periphery villages of Damanjodi, company sources said here today.

Through these health camps, more than 48,000 patients have been benefited and free medicines for ailments like malaria, water-borne diseases and skin diseases have also been distributed in these camps, they said.

Moreover, in case of detection of critical ailments like tuberculosis, the company provides initial treatments and assists in referring the patients to other hospitals. The mobile health units comprise doctors, social mobiliser and pharmacists, who visit peripheral villages six days a week.

During past 2 years, Nalco`s mobile health camps have covered a number of villages from Koraput, Narayanpatna, Dasamantapur, Semiliguda and Laxmipur blocks of Koraput district, the sources said.

It also includes many interior villages like Jamput, Khalpadi, Dengaguda, Dumaguda, Kandhaguda, Kusumpodar, Hatimundo, Bhaluguda, Kerenga, Ariputuraghati, Kandhaputuraghati, Bariguda and Bhitaramarichamala, where the medical staff trek long distances to reach the villages.

Besides organising health camps, Nalco has been contributing significantly towards the overall development of Koraput district by extending financial assistance through district administration.