Overwhelming response to Khapa Medical Camp held on February 2, 2017 at Jijamata High School, Khapa brought 1050 people who were checked for medical conditions by the team of doctors and specialists brought to their doorsteps by HERD Foundation. Exactly 110 patients later received referrals for follow up to their medical conditions. Alongside a blood donation camp was organized that had 17 people donating blood.
HERD Foundation conducted the free medical camp for rural men, women, children and aged people of village Khapa and other surrounding villages. Many people from adjoining villages came over for the free camp. People had begun gathering in groups just as the team arrived to set up the logistic arrangements at the venue where the medical camp was undertaken.
Organized under the slogan “Doctor Aaplya Daari” meaning Doctor at Your Doorstep, the event started at 10:00 am to continue till 02:00 pm until late afternoon. It provided free medical checkups to nearly 1050 people. An important feature of the camp was that besides active medical treatment it emphasized on the importance of self-care, hygiene and preventive measures especially with the summer season to begin shortly.
Among the general ailments the medical team treated patients for certain specific health conditions that included typical cases like pre-cancerous stages, candidiasis, renal calculi, lower back pain, spondylosis, orthopedic, gynecology, de-addiction cases and so on. A large number of children too were checked for seasonal ailments. The Foundation took the opportunity to distribute notebooks for school going children.
The PSM Department of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital brought the team of doctors, interns, nurses and attendants of eight different departments of the institute to examine and treat patients. These included medics from Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Surgery, Dental and ENT Departments.
HERD Foundation volunteers had earlier mobilized villagers with the view to inform them about the medical camp and upon arrival were assisted to understand norms for arrangements to be followed for smooth procedural flow. Dr. Amol Deshmukh, MD HERD Foundation along with staff was personally present to see all arrangements were up to the mark.
HERD Foundation’s social objective is to provide medical relief for poor and needy and this was effectively taken care of. Dr. Amol Deshmukh continues to play a key role in contributing for medical welfare of rural people. His proactive role provides comprehensive medical outreach as per his goal to ensure that medical care reaches the last mile.