Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday flagged off the mobile dental van from his official residence in Shimla to serve people living in the remote areas of the hilly state.
With the mobile clinic, people can now get dental facilities at their doorstep. The chief minister said that this dental van of ₹34.53 lakh would be helpful in organising dental camps in schools and remote areas where dental facilities are not available. The van would also help in providing treatment to specially-abled people who cannot visit the hospital for treatment,” he added.
प्रदेशवासियों को स्वास्थ्य सुविधाएं घरद्वार पर उपलब्ध करवाना हमारी प्रतिबद्धता है।
डेंटिस्ट डे के अवसर पर आज शिमला से मोबाइल डेंटल वैन को हरी झण्डी दिखाकर रवाना किया।
यह डेंटल वैन दिव्यांगजनों की सहूलियत सहित दूरदराज क्षेत्रों में शिविरों का आयोजन करने में सहायक सिद्ध होगी। pic.twitter.com/cm2KkwQmPU
— Jairam Thakur (@jairamthakurbjp) March 6, 2022
Facilities Present in Van
Speaking at the launch of the service, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed that the van has a fully automatic chair with all equipment such as a scaler, light cure, compressor suction etc., X-ray facility, and facilities of generator, water storage tank, public address system, air conditioning system, etc.
Treatments such as tooth extraction, tooth filling, scaling, x-ray and diagnosis will be possible in the dental van. In addition, pain management, awareness and patient motivation will be provided.
Health Infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has an area of 55, 673 sq. km. The state accounts for 1.75 percent of India’s total geographical area. According to Census of India, 2011, the state has 12 districts with a population of 68, 64,602. Himachal Pradesh with an urban population of only 10.03 percent of the total population has 56 cities and towns.
The north Indian state has a network of 52 civil hospitals, 77 community health centres, 453 primary health centres, 23 civil dispensaries and 2,067 sub-centres. To support these services, various provisions have been made for secondary-level health care facilities through specialised hospitals and those attached to state medical colleges.