The medical camp organized at Deolapar on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 was a true partnership between a state and civil society entity. Deolapar is a small town in the Nagpur district in Nagpur division of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Nagpur Rural Police and Herd Foundation partnered for an effective and efficient service health care delivery camp. Perhaps for the first time two distinctive players went ahead in a combined manner to provide assistance to ordinary rural people by following a coherent strategy to address important health issues like HIV/AIDS and de-addiction.
Once the formal programme was over, the open precincts of the Deolapar Police station became the venue for the health check up camp where nearly 40 medical staff from Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur arranged an open air hospital set-up. The doctors began check-ups of the over 300 patients – men, women and children who lined up and the para-medic staff and sisters were soon busy proceeding for dispensing medicines accordingly. Nearly half the patient lineup included teenage boys and girls from schools who had been invited, as also more visitors from nearby villages.
HERD Foundation responded in a meaningfully manner with Dr Amol Deshmukh reaching out to the Government missive with a sense of responsibility keeping in mind our given role in the community. HERD Foundation continues to pursue the shared vision and common goals of social services in these areas and this was a great moment to hold hand with the Police Department for social development. The kind of affiliation that emerged in the course of the health care camp will go a long way in development of other inter-related programmes in the future.
One corner of the courtyard was reserved for extending information to truck drivers who had been invited. Specialist doctors explained the incidence, causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS to the at-a-time 30-35 adult group of people who sat at the meeting. Incidentally Deolapar sits right on the main road on the Highway and is surrounded by well known tourists spots and tourist resorts. It is located on the Maharashtra – Madhya Pradesh border on National Highway 7 which is the arterial road running from Uttar Pradesh to Tamil Nadu. It was the perfect spot to develop public awareness and education on HIV prevention, treatment and care.
The hands-on diabetes tests being conducted at the camp to give instant blood sugar readings was attracting adults to the counter where the examinations were being done. A few cases of severely escalated blood sugar readings of villagers were referred to the Hospital in Nagpur for further management of the disease. These people were also counseled for the future course of action to be taken. All the police personnel at the station also had their blood tests done to check for diabetic condition.