NEW DELHI: An IITian, who chucked his job in a world famous Hollywood studios to return to India, has pioneered a `suicase lab’ to take medicare to people’s doorsteps in rural India.
Thanks to the decision of Amit Bhatnagar, who did his B.Tech from IIT Roorkee, to leave his cosy job at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, people living in far-flung areas of India will have now access to basic health care.
On Saturday, Indian science and technology minister Jaipal Reddy launched the mobile medical lab, developed by Amit Bhatnagar.
This portable lab costs just Rs 3.5 lakh and can perform as many as 23 medical tests related to kidneys, heart, liver, arthritis, diabetes, anaemia, etc. It is loaded with a blood analyzer, incubator, centrifuge, micro pipettes, patient data management software, etc.
“It is a complete compact lab in a suitcase with power backup. Key advantage of Mobile Lab is in its design, rugged analyzer, portability, cost effectiveness,’’ according to Bhatnagar.
The IITian, who took a loan of Rs 4 crore from the Technology Development Board, has pioneered this lab mobile in collaboration with IIT Delhi.
The Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Roads Organisation have already successfully tried this mobile medical lab in India’s remote areas such as Leh, Ladakh in J &K, and far-off villages in Nagaland and Chhatisgarh.
Brigadier S B Mahajan, deputy director general of the Border Roads Organisation, vouches for this suitcase lab by saying, “We did a trial for 800-900 people in our dispensaries in remote areas. It has a lot of potential for early detection of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cardiac problems and in emergencies. We have put up a demand for procuring more units.’’
IITian Amit Bhatnagar, who went to the US do his masters in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University and then joined as a business consultant with Universal Studios, is happy that he chucked his Hollywood job after nine months to return to Delhi to serve the poor.