Doctors will be available for consultations at new clinics at Mumbai railway stations. Photo: iStock

A new initiative at railway stations aims to improve the health of Mumbai’s commuters.

Medical help for a wide range of ailments from diabetes and skin disease to heart problems and gynecological conditions will be offered to people in parts of Mumbai for as little as one rupee starting this week.

Indian Central Railway has tied up with a private firm to offer patients steeply discounted medical services. Doctors with MBBS and MD degrees will provide consultations to passengers at Dadar, Kurla, Wadala, Mulund and Ghatkopar stations.

The railway will provide space free of charge and a clinic has agreed to provide medical services, Mumbai Mirror reported. The 24-hour clinics will also offer specialty consultations every day for a range of ailments. A pathology lab will offer tests at a discount and pharmacists will sell medicines at discounted rates.

The clinics will also offer specialty consultations every day for a range of ailments. A pathology lab will offer tests at a discount and pharmacists will sell drugs at discounted rates.

“We realized that railway stations provide the easiest access to [large numbers] of people in the city,” Indian Express quoted Dr Rahul Ghule, who came up with the idea for the clinics with his brother.  

Four doctors will be available in each of the five clinics. The clinic at Dadar station will provide specialty consultation for diabetes and skin problems, the one in Ghatkopar will have a heart specialist, and the Kurla clinic will provide gynecology services. There will be a psychiatrist at the clinic at Mulund, and Wadala will provide pathology services.

Emergency medical rooms are being set up at various CR and Western Railway stations in response to a directive from the high court. CR has adopted a public-private partnership model to achieve this.