Daijiworld Media Network – Puttur (MS)
Puttur, Sep 17: The experiment of converting KSRTC bus into mobile ICU and taking it to every gram panchayat in the taluk of Bantwal is a huge success. This is the first such experiment in the state of Karnataka.
This bus named ‘Sarige Suraksha’ ICU bus, which was the brainchild of Bantwal MLA Rajesh Naik has completed health check-ups of people living in 39 gram panchayats. In total 2,682 people have benefitted from the health check-up through this bus. Public has responded well. From September 17, the bus will make its second round of health tour.
The bus was flagged off from Shree Kshethra Polali on July 13 by the then Dakshina Kannada in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary and MP Nalin Kateel. Commissioner of religious endowment department Rohini Sindhuri and deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada Dr Rajendra K V were also present on the occasion. On July 19, the bus visited Sangabettu gram panchayat and the health check-up of people was undertaken. Later, the bus went to every gram panchayat of the taluk excepting Saturday and Sundays and government holidays and where health check-ups of people were conducted.
Positive response is given by the public about this facility. The bus contains a siren just like an ambulance. Inside the bus there is a mini clinic having five beds. Every bed has an oxygen facility. Blood pressure, oxygen level, ECG and temperature checks facility is there. Ventilator installation and emergency medicines are available in addition to a generator. Notice boards and special articles are also displayed. This bus visits villages every alternate month. It has expert doctors and health assistants.
Villagers say that the ECG facility in the bus has benefitted them a lot. The first programme of the second tour of the bus will be at Karpe Samaja Mandir under Sangabettu gram panchayat limits. After that the bus will visit every village of Bantwal legislative constituency and will be available for health check-up.