Tata Steel is hosting the 14th Lifeline Express at Nazareth Railway Station in Tuticorin district. This ‘Hospital on Wheels’ was welcomed by Ms. Radhika Selvi, Union State Minister for Home in the presence of Ms. P. Geetha Jeevan, Minister for Social Welfare, Tamil Nadu and Mr. Partha Sengupta, Vice President (Corporate Services) Tata Steel. The Lifeline Express will be in Chennai for 8 days starting today and will continue till November 11, 2008. It is a collaborative effort between IndianRailways and Impact India Foundation. Ms. Radhika Selvi, Union State Minister for Home, the Guest of Honor, appreciated Tata Steel’s effort to bring the Life Line Express to the district of Tamil Nadu. She urged the people in the district to utilize the modern medical facility available in lifeline express and requested to spread awareness about the lifeline express so that more people can be benefited from the lifeline express at free of cost. Mr. Partha Sengupta, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel said, “This initiative of Lifeline Express movement began in India in 1991 with a mission to reach inaccessible rural areas where medical services are not available. Tata Steel for decades has been through its projects andinitiatives have been working to improve quality of life of the community and people.” The function was graced by Ms. Rani Vekatesan, MLA, Sathankulam, Tuticorin District and other eminent MLA’s of Tuticorin districts. Also present on the occasion were Mr. P. Palaniandi, Collector – Tuticorin District and Dr. S.Asokan, utive In charge, Titania Project, Tata Steel. This project aims at providing medical help to people with disabilities like Post Polio Deformities, Hearing Disorder, Cleft Lip and Eye related disorders through necessary surgical & fitment interventions. The lifeline express will be conducting OPD for patients having Post Polio paralysis cases, Hearing impaired people, Cleft lip patients in the age group of 1 to 21 years. It will also set up an eye camp for the patients. Surgeries for the patients will be restricted to Cleft lip and post polio deformities. St Luke Hospital at Nazareth has voluntarily initiated to provide ward for post operative patients. All other cases of Orthopedic, ENT and Eye will be provided consultancy. As per the advice of the doctors, theLifeline Express will provide Foldable wheelchairs, Tricycles, Calipers, Crutches, Shoes, Hearing aid, Spectacles. These appliances will be free of cost to the needy people. Lifeline Express is the world’s first mobile rail hospital to provide healthcare and basic health facilities in the remote rural areas in India at free of cost for the patients with operable orthopedic (post poliodeformities) disabilities, hearing related disorders, cleft lip and eye related operable disabilities. The Lifeline Express (LLE), the world’s first hospital on rails, caters to inaccessible rural areas where medical services are not available; offering on-the-spot diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment for preventive and curative interventions for the persons with ailments in Ortho, ENT, and Eye using the Indian Railway Network. It will be equipped with a modern operation theatre which will offer diagnostic, medical and surgical treatment for prevention and curative interventions for thephysically challenged patients. Tata Steel has till date has hosted the Lifeline Express on 13 occasions in the States of Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Bengal. The Lifeline Express is an international initiative, which began in 1981 in England to prevent and cure avoidable disablement. Two years later, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and the Government of the participating countries formalized this movement to create great impact. India was chosen as a site for theglobal launch of this unique initiative as the country had the capacity to tackle disability prevention and has, in fact, developed a number of low-cost technologies that are useful in preventing disabilities. With technical and managerial support from Voltas a leading company of Tata Group; Impact India was set up in 1983. Eight years later, with the Indian Railways and Voltas playing a major role, this unique model was launched. Thus began a journey to improve the lives of those afflicted with post-polio deformities, hearing disorders and eye problems.