AROUND 5,634 Mumbai Police officers and their families will benefit from the services provided by four mobile medical vans inaugurated by Mumbai Police Commissioner, Dattatrey Padsalgikar, for screening of primary health problems. Launched last week, the vans will currently cover areas such as Tardeo, Worli, Byculla, Nagpapa, and Agripada.
The latest facility will be an exclusive service for the Mumbai Police to check problems of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease, which are rampant in the force owing to erratic and long working hours. Not only is the healthcare service free, the vans are equipped with generic and branded medicines to be provided freely to patients.
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“The response to the mobile vans have been tremendous. On receiving feedback, I have come to know that over 80 police officials and their families are benefiting from the services on a daily basis,” said Pravin Padwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 3.
While the mobile vans will be stationed for an hour every morning outside police stations in each area, they will proceed to the police residential quarters to provide service till 4.00 pm. The vans will be available at fixed time from Monday to Saturday, to ease the process of further treatment for referred patients.
“We work long shifts and often do not find the time to go meet doctors. Sometimes, we even resort to taking a paracetamol and going about our duty. The presence of a medical van, right outside the police station assures not only us, but also our families of good healthcare,” said a police officer from Zone 3.
The current facilities will provide primary healthcare services, including measuring blood pressure to checking diabetes and giving fever treatment.