Good mobilization is key to a good medical health camp and this is what HERD Foundation found out to its satisfaction yesterday, Sunday July 13, 2014 at the healthcare camp organized for residents of Ramtek. The field-work team, working in the background, made a success of the HERD Foundation implemented free medical camp, once again. This team actually works relentlessly to get the people to make full use of the opportunity being made available for them.
Shanti Mangal Karyalaya in Ramtek was the venue for the Meso Medical camp organized through Dr Amol Deshmukh’s good offices to provide healthcare benefits to the rural people of Ramtek town. The health camp started at 4:00 pm to continue beyond 10: 00 pm at night providing free medical checkups to nearly 2000 people who visited. Eight medical departments functioned inside the hall with respective teams responding to the large batches that kept coming all through the long Sunday evening.
The NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital had their team of doctors, interns, nurses and attendants in place to examine and treat people. Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Surgery, Dental and ENT Departments attended to patients with care and compassion. Importantly this camp had a few extras – ECG testing, TB Chest examinations, Physiotherapy consultations, Blood Sugar testing and a blood donation drive. Free medicines were dispensed to people who needed them for their respective conditions.
An essential feature of the camp was an emphasis on proper hygiene and prevention measures especially in view of the monsoon season. Dr Amol Deshmukh was personally present to oversee the smooth operationalization of the medical camp. HERD Foundation’s chief social objective is medical relief for poor and needy. Dr Amol Deshmukh continues to play a key role in contributing for the medical welfare of people through provision of needed medical treatment. He is a strong advocate for weaker sections to be given access to medical care, particularly those living in remote rural areas.
Visitors at the camp were examined by physicians, specialists, dentists, and the team of paramedics to check for debilitating health conditions. Specialist doctors provided one-to-one consultations and provided guidance for referral cases. Medical conditions relating to general discomfort, gynecological problems, joint pains, dental issues, eye problems, children’s ailments, malnutrition, back pain and so on were the common complaints.
Aside from the nearly 2000 OPD visitors, a 106 referral cases were recorded for further critical treatments. 74 patients were provided consultations for Physiotherapy. The random blood sugar Glucometer test was conducted for 54 patients, ECG for 16 patients and blood donation was done by 6 volunteers. All in all it was a Sunday well spent in service of the poor and sick for whom medical care facilities were provided at their door steps.