Wadamba Village – Forthcoming Venue for Meso Medical Health Camp

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Wadamba Village, the venue for the next meso camp organized by HERD Foundation, is about 75.2 km from Nagpur. Situated close-by, near to Highway Number 7 it takes an hour and a half to reach the place. Wadamba panchayat under Ramtek Inter panchayat comes under Nagpur-Zilla panchayat. The village is surrounded by Kurai Taluka towards North, Parseoni Taluka towards South, Bichhua Taluka towards west, and Mohadi Taluka towards South. Geo-coordinates for the place are latitude 18.114468 – longitude 73.095933.

Located close to Ramtek, other near-by villages include Warghat, Karwahi and Dahoda. It is about 27 kms from Ramtek with Tumsar, Kamthi and Savner some of the larger towns around having good enough road connectivity. Marathi remains the prevalent local language but Hindi is well understood. At an elevation of 332 meters above sea level, the closest railway station is 26 km away at Ramtek and Amdi Halt at a distance of 32 km.

Nagpur district has a network of government-run health facilities comprising of district hospitals offering tertiary-level care. The rural hospitals at the secondary level and the primary health centers, sub-centers and dispensaries provide basic healthcare to rural populations. Ramtek Taluka has government run health centers following the public healthcare system offering state-owned healthcare facilities to people that are either fully or partially subsidized.

But all of us who have worked at the grassroots for the benefit of the rural people – be it for education, healthcare, rural enterprises or any other beneficial scheme, know full well the fate of the outreach of such well laid plans. The best of us have had experiences of vacant PHCs, absentee health care staff, missing equipment and so on. Add to this people’s own apathy towards their good health! And the scene is rife for adverse health consequences.

HERD Foundation has chosen a self-appointed path to extend healthcare services to the rural populations at their doorsteps. With the close collaboration proffered by NKPSIMS and LMH Medical Institutes it becomes easier to facilitate health camps that check out people for common ailments and chronic conditions giving them medical advice, free medicines and referrals for dire conditions. It remains a matter of great satisfaction to see the people respond to our ministrations, especially in this inclement monsoon weather.

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A Doctor for All Seasons

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The struggle to equate the balance between the haves and have-nots, finds perfect expression in Dr Amol Deshmukh’s undertaking offering healthcare delivery to all sections of society. His sensitivity to ailing populations, surviving in the middle of nowhere, has actualized and changed the context in which healthcare delivery can take place; even in remote rural regions. Being a doctor himself, often finds him in a hands-on role at ongoing medical health camps organized by HERD Foundation.

It is noteworthy that his politico-educationist backdrop allows him to envision a larger picture for the operational provision of essential healthcare services for disadvantaged people. Following the historic tradition of social service emanating from familial conditioning, provides him with resilience to continue offering such benevolent handouts to assist the underprivileged. Yes, they do well with free medical check-ups, subsidized healthcare costs, besides direct access to finest hospitals.

It is a happy combination of intentions and close collaboration and participation with Medical Institutes that adequately address health issues for rural people having little or no access to medical care. It must be a sense of deep conviction that enables him to pay attention, understand and support the lacunae in healthcare delivery, that makes him keep at it through innovative approaches for extending such outreach to people who need it so critically.

Notwithstanding a well-defined, public healthcare delivery system that is stagnating everywhere in our country, here is a doctor advocating and promoting a health care delivery model that is totally ingenious and being run selflessly for the benefit of rural populations, at their very door steps. Organizing mini, meso and mega medical healthcare camps comes easy for this Doctor for all Seasons, whose forte essentially lies in hospital management. Also he does not hesitate to readily pick up the stethoscope and listen a kid’s heartbeat or counsel addicts to a better way of life.