A ‘One rupee clinic’ set up at  Maharashtra’s Thane railway station proved to be of great help for Subhanti Patra, who went into labour while travelling from Karjat (in adjoining Raigad district) to Parel in neighbouring Mumbai. 29-year-old Subhanti gave birth to a baby in this ‘One Rupee Clinic’, which is situated at the platform No 2 of the Thane Station.

Back in 2017, to help its commuters gain proper medical assistance, Central Railway, in association with Magicdil established 14 one rupee clinics at 14 different railway stations in Mumbai.

Key Takeaways:

  • Subhanti was travelling from Karjat to Parel when she started having labour pain. 
  • The railway officials, when came to know about this, immediately informed the doctors at the One Rupee Clinic.
  • The woman then delivered a baby at around 6:30 am in the clinic, which is run by a private body.
  • The clinic provides consultation at a meager fee of rupee one and it is also open 24 hours. 

Great Importance In Emergency Situations

Dr Rahul Ghule, in-charge of One rupee Clinic, Thane, says, “The lady, who was accompanied by her husband, had a normal delivery and gave birth to a baby boy at around 6:30 am, at the clinic. Later, the woman was shifted to a nearby private hospital for further treatment. The clinic today proved its importance in an emergency medical situation. We thank the railway authorities for giving us the opportunity to run the emergency medical rooms by way of these one-rupee clinics.”

“We wanted to provide an affordable medical service to common people. We came to know about the railway plan to start such a scheme thus we offered them our plan and idea. Railways had helped us with the infrastructure to build these clinics,” – Rahul Ghule of Magicdil

The clinic is operated by Magicdil in association with the Central Railway (CR). It was set up at the Thane station in 2017. There are three doctors who work in three eight hours shifts.

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Today There Are 19 Such Clinics In Mumbai

Back in 2017, to help its commuters gain proper medical assistance, Central Railway, in association with Magicdil established 14 one rupee clinics at 14 different railway stations in Mumbai. Today, there are around 19 such clinics in the city. As per its records, to date, it has served around 2,13,807 satisfied patients.

This came into effect after rail activist Samir Zaveri filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court, regarding lack of prompt medical help in case of accidents on railway tracks. Post this, the High Court ordered the Railways to set up EMRs at all stations on the Central and Western Line. Since these EMRs provide consultation at a fee as low as rupee one, they came to be known as One Rupee Clinic.

“We wanted to provide an affordable Medical service to common people. We came to know about the railway plan to start such a scheme thus we offered them our plan and idea. Railways had helped us with the infrastructure to build these clinics,” Rahul Ghule of Magicdil told India Today.

“During railway accident victim needs immediate medical assistance thus we have all necessary equipment and life-saving tools and medicines including ECG machines, Ambu bags, Pulse-Oximeter, Oxygen cylinders,” said Dr Ghule. Not only consultation but other facilities like Blood Pressure, ECG, etc. are also done at very minimal rates.

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