Vedanta Aluminium introduces Mobile Health Units for rural communities near Sijimali mines

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Rayagada : Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest aluminium producer, extended its Mobile Health Unit (MHU) services in areas surrounding the Sijimali mines inRayagada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha.Through this initiative, the company aims to provide doorstep essential and quality healthcare servicesto the communities, thereby improving healthcare access in remote villages. The MHU services will reach out to over 10,000 individuals across 40 villages in the vicinity of Sijimali mines. Vedanta Aluminium’s MHU services reach out to around 2 lakh people in more than 100 villages across Odisha.

The Mobile Health Unit (MHU) is a specialized van featuring crucial medical equipment and medicines, along with medical staff comprising a qualified and experienced doctor, nurse, lab technician and a pharmacist. Itoffers a range of services including check-ups, blood sugar tests, and provision of free medicines. These efforts not only address immediate healthcare needs but also provide preventive care through regular awareness sessions, bolstering overall community well-being.

Mr.  Nitish Jha, Medical Officer In-charge,Thuamul Rampur village, said, “I appreciate Vedanta’s proactive role in community development in remote areas. By fulfilling the healthcare needs of the residents, they have taken a significant step towards creating a future that is not only brighter but healthier, making sure that every individual has access to basic medical care.”

Malati Majhi, an accreditedsocial health activistfrom the region, expressed, “Mobile Health Unit is a very thoughtful initiative, considering there are many villages that lack access to quality healthcare services.Vedanta is bridging the gap in access to quality healthcare among rural communitiesby providing necessary medical care to residents at their doorstep.”

Vedanta Aluminium’s Mines team is at the forefront of driving community development through strategic interventions in education, healthcare, livelihood, rural infrastructure, and grassroots sports and culture. A notable initiative among these is the establishment of Vedanta Nand Ghars, modernised anganwadis serving as dynamic community hubs for the comprehensive development of children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers by offering quality healthcare and nutritional support. These efforts underline the company’s commitment to positively impact lives within and beyond its operational areas, fostering a sense of community contribution towards the overall growth and advancement of the state. Through close collaboration with local authorities, welfare organisations, and community members, Vedanta Aluminium actively steers a socio-economic transformation in rural Odisha. Addressing the specific needs of communities and working hand-in-hand towards their fulfilment, the company is instrumental in driving a meaningful journey towards collective well-being.

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.37 million tonnes in FY24. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 1st in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment 2023 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its leading sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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