Bhubaneswar, November 2 (Odisha.in) Tata Steel will be hosting The Lifeline Express in December 2007 in the mining town of Joda situated in the Keonjhar district on the Orissa – Jharkhand Border.
Stationed at Joda Railway Station, the Hospital on Rails will start its operations from December 15, 2007 and will continue till January 5, 2008, for 22 days.
It will be equipped with a modern operation theatre that will offer diagnostic, medical and surgical treatment for prevention and curative interventions for the handicapped.
In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business, but is in fact, the very purpose of our existence.” These are the words of our Founder J N Tata that has steered the Company for the last 100 years.
The inspiration and determination that Tata Steel has derived from its fore – fathers has enabled it to reach heights, achieved by few. Following its Vision laid down almost a century ago, Tata Steel today has created benchmarks in corporate sustainability and is looked upon as a pioneer in social welfare.
Lifeline Express is one such activity that Tata Steel has sponsored 10 times and this year again on the occasion of Centenary, it is going to host Life Line Express in Joda in Keonjhar district of Orissa.
Prior to this, the Company has hosted Lifeline Express four times in Orissa namely at Gopalpur, Daitari, Jajpur Road and Meramundali.
More than 75,000 patients had benefited from the Life Line Express initiative of Tata Steel. Life Line Express (Hospital on Rails) in India provides medical services to the rural populace in interior areas that have railway connectivity.
The Lifeline Express is an international initiative, which began in 1981 in England to prevent and cure avoidable disablement. Two years later, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and the Government of the participating countries formalised this movement to create great impact.
India was chosen as a site for the global launch of this unique initiative as the country had the capacity to tackle disability prevention and has, in fact, developed a number of low-cost technologies that are useful in preventing disabilities.
With technical and managerial support from Voltas a leading company of Tata Group; Impact India was set up in 1983. Eight years later, with the Indian Railways and Voltas playing a major role, this unique model was launched.
Thus began a journey to improve the lives of those afflicted with post-polio deformities, hearing disorders and eye problems. Having completed a decade of service to the nation, a fourth discipline has been added, corrective surgery for cleft lip and minor burn contractures.
Indian Railways, Impact India, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, State Government and Tata Steel are jointly hosting this hospital in Joda of Keonjhar district.