The mobile lab will provide basic laboratory services to the remotest corners of the state Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Manipur health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Singh recently distributed La-Bikes, a first of its kind initiative in the state, in Imphal. The mobile laboratories on motorcycles, which aim to provide diagnostic facilities at people’s doorstep, was launched for the first time in Manipur earlier this year. La-Bikes are already operational in some states of the country.

The distribution ceremony was organised by the Manipur state health services in collaboration with the state health society and National Health Mission (NHM) at the State Family Welfare Training Centre, RD Wing at Lamphelphat.

Popular known as La-Bike, the mobile laboratory on two-wheelers aim to reach out to far-flung and resource-limited areas of the state; to facilitate healthcare services to the people on time.

According to the official, the first batch of the mobile lab will be distributed to 21 Public Health Centres (PHCs) in 10 districts, including Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Senapati, Kangpokpi, Ukhrul, Kamjong and Tengnoupal, respectively.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Singh said, “There is a hidden competition in the health sector in other parts of the country. And to be part of such competition, there is a basic need of the health sector and that is to decrease to a rate of death and ward off diseased and also to maintain a standard of living.”

Commenting on the shortage of manpower in the healthcare sector, the minister also informed that improving infrastructure and investing on equipment will enable to fill other potholes in the sector.

Meanwhile, according to an official, these cost-effective diagnostic tools which come with fully portable and easy to use equipment will address the preventive and curative healthcare at the doorstep of the people through easy provision of basic laboratory services.

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This newly-launched mobile lab comes with a complete set of semi-automatic laboratory retrofitted on a bike.

The kit service includes an analyser, incubator, centrifuge, micro pipettes, microscope, 12 lead ECG-PC based, cold storage unit, solar power back-up, GPS tracker, ultra-portable foldable tent house to cover the entire laboratory work and software application.

With such a launch, the availability of basic laboratory services at the remotest areas of the state would ensure the overall improvement in the quality of health care and patients experience to higher heights.

Moreover, the project is also part of the state government’s ‘Go to Village’ programme.

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