Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HelpAge India to deploy a Mobile Health Unit (MHU) to serve and aid citizens from 45 communities of Balconagar and nearby rural areas.
Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director – BALCO and Prakash Borgaonkar, Regional Head – HelpAge India, exchanged the agreement forms on 6th October 2021. Pankaj Sharma, Dy. CEO – BALCO, flagged off the MHU and dedicated it to the public.
The MHU, which is a van equipped with state-of-the-art machinery, will be managed by doctors and trained medical staff who shall provide free medical advice and awareness sessions to the local communities.
The MHU has been fitted with equipment for diagnosis of common diseases like diabetes, hypertension, etc. For the elderly and those confined within their homes, the MHU shall also aid in medical treatment at home.
Medicines will be available for common ailments free of cost. Besides providing doorstep healthcare services, the MHU shall also conduct regular health camps to spread awareness about the importance of nutrition and cleanliness, and various health schemes and programs run by the government.
Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO said, “BALCO has been instrumental in transforming the community health in the nearby villages and has played a crucial role in the prevention and control of COVID-19 in Korba district. The Vedanta Medical Research Foundation runs a state-of-the-art BALCO Medical Center for cancer treatment in Raipur, which is benefitting a large number of people. Our BALCO Hospital at Balconagar is also providing various health facilities to the local communities. Our Mobile Health Unit will play an important role in providing doorstep healthcare services to rural communities.”
Expressing his happiness over the partnership, Prakash Borgaonkar, Regional Head, HelpAge India, added, “HelpAge India is working towards providing healthcare facilities to over 16 lakh people in 23 states of India. This Mobile Health Unit, which we will operate with the help of BALCO, will be able to make medical facilities accessible even in remote areas.”
Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Limited is the world’s 6th largest diversified natural resources company and the largest producer of aluminium in India.
BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
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