Lifeline Express: World’s first hospital on a train completes 25 years of service

Posted on:16 Jul 2016 18:23:08
Lifeline Express: World’s first hospital on a train completes 25 years of service
16 July 2016 Current Affairs: The Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital on a train of Indian Railways has completed 25 years of service to the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India. To mark the occasion and celebrate the success of the train a function was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Lifeline Express :  The Lifeline Express is also known as the Magic Train of India. It was launched on 16 July 1991. The Lifeline Express has the distinction of being the first ever hospital-on-rails in the world. It is equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities and equipment to cater to the needs of the rural patients. 

The train is a flagship social initiative of Impact India Foundation (IIF) in partnership with the Indian Railways and the Union Health Ministry. It was started with an aim to provide on-the-spot diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment for preventive and curative interventions for disabled adults and children using the Indian Railway Network. 

So far, the train covered 173 projects in 18 state and also covered 2 lakh kilometres distance and has medically served more than 10,00,000 poor in rural India.

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