Health Camps

The Patiyali tehsil in Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh happens to be faced with myriad problems. The health infrastructure in the area is woefully inadequate. There are large numbers of cases of TB and leukemia particularly among women. The primary health centres are ill equipped and are mostly under staffed.

People have to depend upon private practitioners based in towns like Patiyali, Ganjdundwara, Sidhpura and Dariyawganj even for minor illness and ailments. They also fall prey to a number of quacks operating in the area. The disasters particularly flood and fire further exacerbate the deplorable health conditions in the area.

Taking medicinal help to this deprived area was therefore taken up as a major challenge by Team Anubhuti.

Selection Methodology
Villages for the health camp were selected on the basis of information provided by UNICEF workers working in the area in the Pulse Polio Campaign. Inaccessibility and remoteness from the major towns were also the yardsticks.

For the purposes of Mega Camps in which reputed institutions like Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Research Institute & Fortis Escorts Heart Institute were associated the locations were the big towns like Ganjdundwara & Patiyali.

Medical Team & Medicines
Although initially we started from the local reputed doctors from the neighbouring Etah district, we have over a period of time built a team of competent doctors who are practicing in Aligarh, Agra & Delhi. The team is mentored by Dr. Harendra Kumar from SN Medical College Agra. The camps are generally scheduled on Saturdays/Sundays so that doctors can spare themselves for this community intervention.

After consultations, the patients are also given free medicines particularly for the common ailments. Branded medicines & generic drugs of good quality are provided to the patients. The medicine distribution is also done by a team of pharmacists & volunteers which is headed by Sajan Dev.

Community Participation
To ensure that the benefits of the health camps reach the community, wide publicity is done through wall posters, distribution of pamphlets, news item in newspapers, local announcements, munadi and by word of mouth through a large network of Anubhuti volunteers.

The response to the Camps has been phenomenal. There have been camps in which more than 2000 people taken medical consultation and free medicines. The confidence generated in the community draws people from far off villages also.

In the times of flood, it has been our endeavour to run mobile camps and reach the needy at their doorstep. This has helped the victims to fight diarrhoea, fungal infections, cough, cold and fever in an effective manner. The frequent calls from the far off villages for the updates on the prospective health camps speak of the necessairy of health camps in these areas as also the popularity of the Anubhuti health camps.