What Medical Aid Really Means for the Needy

Healing the Poor

Ramtek Medical Camp – Sunday July 13, 2014

The poor in our country follow the health care system offered by state governments. Our Constitution makes it mandatory for States to raise “the level of nutrition and the standard of living of its people and the improvement of public health” as part of its primary duties. But this is hardly happening save for token services. And so alongside the public health sector it is the more popular private medical sector which is actually used more. This is true both in urban and rural settings.

Our public health care sector appears to be for namesake only and it is really true that we do not have enough hospitals, doctors, medical staff, medicines or ambulance services available. We deplorably lack quality of care and accessibility to much needed medical care, especially for the poor. Mostly we are dependent on private medical care that is increasingly getting more unaffordable.

The planning commission which is on its way to being scrapped away soon, was involved in some way to regulate private health care providers. A report it came out with stated that “the transformation of India’s health system to become an effective platform is an evolutionary process that will span several years”. So access to quality medical care remains limited or unavailable especially in most rural areas.

Health issues in rural areas suffer from other maladies as well. Rural children below the age of three are found to be malnourished. Malnourishment is known to impede social and cognitive development of children reducing their educational and employment chances besides irreversibly affecting productivity. This aside we have also to contend with diseases like dengue fever, hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria and pneumonia that are rampant. Poor sanitation and lack of safe drinking water are major issue affecting public health.

Rural India continues to live below the poverty line and it struggles for better and easy access to health care services. Having conducted continual health camps all through May to August 2014, HERD Foundation is well aware that health issues confront rural people in diverse forms. Dengue, malaria, uncontrolled diabetes, and badly infected wounds as also cancer are all part of the rural debilitating health scene. But the more serious underlying issue continues to be malnutrition, mother and child ill-health, anemia, sickle cell diseases and now increasingly psychiatric conditions.

Ramtek Meso Medical Healthcare Camp

Healing the Poor

Ramtek Medical Camp – Sunday July 13, 2014

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.