Former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam visited the Sanjeevani mobile telemedicine unit, a comprehensive cancer control project by the Malabar Cancer Care Society (MCCS), during his visit to the town on Saturday.

According to a press release here, Dr. Kalam, after examining the moving multi-specialty hospital set up, enquired about the different units such as the tele-consultation segment, hi-tech laboratory, ultra sound scan, digital X-ray, operation theatre and cryosurgery unit. The unit enables online submission of all medical reports generated at the unit to doctors stationed at the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Explaining the functions of the units, Krishnanadha Pai, president MCCS, said that the mobile telemedicine unit was a pilot initiative of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology being supported by the Department of Information Technology. The unit was designed by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram, and functioned in the five districts of Malabar. It functions with V-SAT connectivity provided by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore.

Enquiring about the field-level activities, operational problems and acceptance by the rural population, Dr. Kalam suggested that the MCCS initiate a mobile dialysis unit.