Bangalore: The Smile Foundation, a national level development organisation in collaboration with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and city-based NGO Karuna Trust launched Smile on Wheels, the first mobile hospital in Karnataka.
Smile on Wheels will operate by taking a well-equipped mobile hospital unit along with specialised doctors, nurses, medical staff, equipment and medicines to villages and slums. Through the initiative, a range of healthcare services will reach inhabitants in Yemalur and Doddakannelli villages. In addition, a series of health camps will be organised to widen the coverage.
Speaking on the occasion, LIC Karnataka, Zonal Manager, South Central Zone, AK Sahoo, said, “LIC is financing this mobile medical unit as part of its CSR activity. Smile on Wheels is part of LIC’s efforts to provide sophisticated medical facilities to remote villages and slum areas.”
Speaking on the partnership with Smile Foundation Karuna Trust, , secretary, H Sudarshan said, “We shall cover 58,206 beneficiaries in Yemalur and Doddakanahalli through Smile on Wheels. It will facilitate diagnosis of diseases as well as treatment of minor injuries and surgeries in villagers”
Started in June 2006, about 22 Smile on Wheels vans are operational in 13 states and 5 lakh people have benefited.