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Date: 26/10/2017

Global trade enabler DP World operated Mundra International Container Terminal (MICT) and Wockhardt Foundation join hands to take medical facilities at the doorsteps of people living in the rural areas of Gujarat.

Sehat ki Sawari, was launched in Mundra in July 2017 with the inauguration of the first mobile medical van to reach out to more than 9 villages in the taluka. More than eight thousand patients have benefitted from medical treatment and consultation since the launch of this facility. It covered villages such as Maheshnagar, Sukhpravas, Nana Kapaya, Samagogha, Navinal, Jarapara, Dhrub, Barohi, Mota Kapaya and Viraniya.

MICT has further introduced a second medical van to enchase the reach of this initiative in and around the Mundra taluka. This is the 110th van of Wockhardt’s ‘Mobile 1000’ initiative which aims to provide primary healthcare facilities in the rural villages of India.

The second van expands the reach of the service to villages like Mathda, Khambra, Chandiya, Tharadawa, Vada, Bhuvad, Chandoda, Bhadreshwar and Wadala in Gujarat. It will additionally benefit more than twenty five thousand people annually.

Mr. Sandeep Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, DP World Mundra said, “At DP World we believe that working in a sustainable and responsible way is essential to building a strong business for our customers, our people and our society. By supporting Wockhardt’s ‘Mobile 1000’ initiative, we aim to ensure that no member of the community is deprived of basic healthcare.

It is extremely heartening to witness the success of the first ‘Sehat ki Sawari’, with the second van we aim to expand the reach of the medical services to the residents of the Kutch district at large.”

Sir Dr. Huz (Huzaifa Khorakiwala), CEO and Trustee, Wockhardt Foundation said, “Basic healthcare treatment is a right of every individual. I am glad that our Mobile 1000 healthcare vans are providing healthcare services to the unprivileged and rural areas, to cater to the basic healthcare needs. I thank DP World Mundra for partnering with us in serving the society at large.”

India faces daunting challenges in the field of healthcare. Recognizing this, Sir Dr. Huz pioneered ‘Mobile 1000’ program helping bridge the gaps in the delivery of healthcare services to rural India.

The Wockhardt Foundation Mobile 1000 healthcare vans are also providing healthcare services to rural areas across India in states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh other than Gujarat.

The Mobile 1000 health van equipped with a GPS tracking system and consisting of one doctor, one pharmacist and one driver travels across villages conducting free OPD/health screening for rural people and providing free basic health services. They work towards creating awareness in rural areas on sanitation, hygiene, mother and child healthcare, safe drinking water, immunization, anemia, de-worming, vector-borne diseases, HIV, snake-bites, diabetes and tuberculosis. This is followed up with diagnosis and treatment. Specific cases requiring specialty care are referred to specialists. Also IEC (Information, Education & Communication) material relevant to the health awareness is distributed in the regional language to the people.

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