Lifeline Express: World’s first hospital on a train completes 25 years of service

The Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital on a train of Indian Railways has completed 25 years of service to the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India.

To mark the occasion and celebrate the success of the train a function was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

About Lifeline Express

  • The Lifeline Express is also known as the Magic Train of India. It was launched on 16 July 1991.
  • The Lifeline Express has the distinction of being the first ever hospital-on-rails in the world.
  • It is equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities and equipment to cater to the needs of the rural patients.
  • The train is a flagship social initiative of Impact India Foundation (IIF) in partnership with the Indian Railways and the Union Health Ministry.
  • It was started with an aim to provide on-the-spot diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment for preventive and curative interventions for disabled adults and children using the Indian Railway Network.
  • So far, the train covered 173 projects in 18 state and also covered 2 lakh kilometres distance and has medically served more than 10,00,000 poor in rural India.

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