In its efforts to give the ailing health system in the Hills the much-needed boost, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Monday launched the Gram Arogya Savayan, under which four vehicles having medical facilities will go out to mainly rural areas and reach out to the financially weaker sections of the people.

The vehicles, consisting of two buses and two Tata Sumos, were inaugurated on Monday by the chairman of the GTA Board of Administrators, Binoy Tamang, at Lal Kothi.

They were later handed over to the district and sub-divisional hospitals of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik.

“After I took over as the GTA chairman in September last year, we had decided that one of our main priorities would be the health sector. The health sector is not good in the Hills and we are holding talks to improve it. As part of the plans, we on Monday launched the four vehicles, which will function as a mobile medical unit,” said Mr Tamang.

According to him, they were hopeful that the state government would cooperate with them in making the health system of the Hills better.

“There are many remote villages here, where patients from these villages are not able to go to town areas for medical treatment due to financial constraints. We feel these medical vans will offer some kind of help to the people as they will go to these remote places and far off places every day,” he said.

A doctor and nurse will be present in these vehicles with facilities like medicine and various tests also possible in them.