“This clinic is a lifesaver for poor people like me who can’t afford to doctors’ fees. Government should set-up medical shop like this everywhere, so that common man will be benefited,” said an auto driver Krushna Shinge.
Shinge, 35-year-old resident of Ghatkoper, was one of the first 10 patients to visit the one rupee clinic at Ghatkoper station on Wednesday.
The one rupee clinic is the brainchild of Dr Rahul Ghule and his younger brother Dr Amol and more of these clinics will be set-up and become operational at Dadar, Kurla, Vashi, Wadala Road and Mulund stations in days to come. First, the duo aims to set-up clinics at 14 other stations by June.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rahul said, “We received an overwhelming response on our first day with over 100 patients visiting our clinic. They are appreciating our work and appreciation from the general public means a lot to us, as cost of the health-care services and medical treatment has increased almost three-fold in recent past.”
Bhailal Shrikant Yadav, fruit vendor, said, “I had cough problem for the last two days. I got to know about this one rupee clinic today itself, so I came here to get myself checked. This is a very good concept for poor people. Doctors clinic shuts after 10pm, so we have to take patients to hospitals in case of any emergency. This clinic will be open for 24 hours and this will benefit us.”
On day one, Dr Rahul and his team was occupied throughout the day. Around 25 passengers visited their clinic. Those who visited either got EGC done or a blood sugar check-up.
Highlights of One Rupee Clinic:
- At each station, a team of around five doctors will be available.
- These doctors are MBBS.
- Specialist MD doctors will visit the clinics for around four house hours every day.
- It will be a 24-hours medical facility.
- Doctors associated with the clinic are volunteers who have opted for community service.
- Around 100 doctors and specialists from all medical fields will treat patients.
- Medicines will be made available at 20% discount
- For blood, sonography and other tests, patients will be charged 40% less than actual market price
“Nearly 75 lakh commuters use Mumbai’s suburban local trains every day and the one rupee clinic will definitely prove helpful for the commuters. We need more such clinics, as every one can’t afford the healthcare facility. And if we are getting it at a cheap price, it is helpful for us, said Ram Jadhav, a passenger, who out of curiosity visited the shop on Wednesday.
On an average, 18 accidents take place every day on Mumbai suburban railway line. In 2016, 3,208 passengers lost their lives and till March 2017, 633 people died in various accidents. Most of these people die due to unavailability of immediate medical aid.