On February 10 and 11, a multispecialty diagnostic and therapeutic health camp was organised at Dr Sushila Nayar Hospital at Utawali village in the Dharni tehsil of Amravati district. Dr Smita Mahale (Director, National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai), Mrs Beena Joshi, Shri Gajanan Kolhe (Secretory of the BJP Amravati District) and Mr Shyam Gangrale (President and Secretary of the BJP Melghat region respectively) graced the occasion. Shri Dhirubhai Mehta (President, Kasturba Health Society), Dr BS Garg (Secretary, Kasturba Health Society, Dr KR Patond (Dean, MGIMS) and Dr S Chhabra (Officer on special duty from MGIMS) welcomed the guests. A team of twenty-five health professionals from different specialties and as many residents and paramedics from Sevagram stayed in the village for two days to diagnose the maladies and ease the pain of the tribal population that made a beeline seek their services.
In her inaugural speech, Dr S Mahale laid stress on the need of understanding the problems of regional communities and acknowledged the difficulty in delivering the healthcare at such a remote area. She also complimented Kasturba Health Society for bringing high-quality healthcare in a resource limited setting.
Describing the camp as an attempt to serve the needy, Shri Dhirubhai Mehta, President Kasturba Health Society welcomed everyone and said, “These camps help the underprivileged and the needy people of the region who are unable to access services of specialists”. He also narrated the motto of MGIMS and Kasturba Health Society – ‘instead of blaming the darkness, light a candle’.
Over 3000 patients accessed the health services in the camp. The surgeons performed operations on 35 patients. 235 blood investigations, 47 X-rays and 70 E.C.G.s were done. 75 hearing aids were distributed free of cost to the needy people. Free spectacles shall be distributed on 27th Feb with the support of Jan Kalyan Trust Mumbai. On 23rd and 24th Feb, surgery camp will be held to take up the pending cases. On 27-28 Feb and 15-16 March, Gynecological surgery cases will be performed. On 9th march and 20th March 2018, free cataract surgeries for camp patient will be conducted with support of Ratnanidhi Trust, Mumbai. Besides providing free medicines to the patients, tea, snacks and brunch were also given to the patients.
Dr. S Chhabra thanked the administration and health departments of Amravati for the constant support and Shri Brihad Bharatiya Samaj (a Mumbai-based NGO) for funding the hospital. She narrated how her team was able to translate the dream into a reality and how effectively did the team overcome all hurdles. She once again again thanked the guests, Shri Dhirubhaiji Mehta, Shri Halbeji, and the staff for their constant support and help. The Programme was hosted by Dr. Jaya Kore Tulaskar.