The floating hospital, built by the state government under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), is proving to be a big boon for locals.
The initiative of converting a vessel into a hospital has benefited the elderly living around Kochi backwaters, as it is difficult for them to visit hospitals located on the mainland.
Doctor Jace John said,"the boat is of great help to villagers, as they are poor, and many islands are so rural and remotely located, that except boats, there can be no other mode of transportation."
John said,"The islands in the rural area are remotely located and no vehicle can reach there. Patients face difficulty as it is surrounded with water. The floating hospital is of great help to them."
A patient Jonathan told,"Earlier elder people like me were not able to go to hospital or there was no one to take us to hospital, but now it comes to our doorstep and is very much useful during the outbreak of Dengue in our villages."
This floating hospital is estimated to cost around Rs. 6.5 million.