Tripura government has introduced well equipped medical van to reach out to the people in distant locations in the state. Health minister Tapan Chakraborty after flagging off first ‘mobile clinic’ in Unakoti district of north Tripura said such facility would be made available in other districts too.

“Unakoti district health and family welfare committee has taken the initiative to introduce the mobile medical van. This would be useful in areas where hospital and health centres are not available”, Minister Tapan Chakraborty told The Hindu on Monday.

He said the mobile van already made functional would be used on demand basis. At least one doctor, a few para medical staffs and nurses would accompany it.

Abhishek Chandra, Unakoti district magistrate and president of the district health committee, said the van has a mini operation theatre, small pathology and other facilities. Complicated delivery cases could also be dealt in the van.

“The health van is aimed at reaching out population in far flung areas. People can take advantage of various types of treatment from it”, the Health minister added.

The medical van was purchased at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh. The patients turning up to the van would be treated free of cost and even medicines will be given to them.

Health officials said mobile medical vans would be useful in distant, especially tribal infested, localities where enteric, malaria and influenza take a high toll every year. They said since Tripura now has better road communication even in remote areas, the medical vans can move without much difficulty.