The Arunodaya Trust organizes free medical camps round the year in the slums of Rangareddy District. The Appreciation Arunodaya Trust would like to thank its members Dr. Anusha, Bangalore who provided drugs and Mr. Prasada Rao, who had helped in preparing the organizational banners, pamphlets and translation of the informative brochures from English to local language. Also ARUNODAYA TRUST would like to thank the villagers, local associations and organizations for their untiring efforts and support to ARUNODAYA TRUST in conducting the medical camp Objective. The local population of the Village and its surroundings are about 2000, mostly consisting of elderly people (men and women) and children. The young population has migrated to neighboring cities seeking for jobs. There is neither private nor public medical facility functioning in the village. The existing center is ill equipped with basic medicines and medical instruments. Most of the time the doctors are absent. These factors drive away the crowd to local medical practitioners who are not qualified. Alternatively, the villagers have to travel all the way to Rapur seeking medical aid at the local Community health center which is not adequately equipped. Coordinating with Mediciti Hospitals from Shamirpet has helped the Arunodaya Trust to assess the population in each cluster, the number of elderly people, socioeconomic and health problems of the elderly people, quality and availability of health facilities in and around the area. The Arunodaya Trust proposed to conduct continued medical camps, thereby to bring the primary health care to the doorstep of the villagers. Camp activity and achievement In coordination with Mediciti Hospitals, the Arunodaya Trust had organized its medical camp in villages. The services offered at the medical camp here –
- Medical checkup (general) of the patients and diagnosis.
- Dispensing medicines
- Referring patients who needed specialized care to the nearest hospitals
- Referring the patients to diagnostic laboratories which would charge nominal fees from the patients that is reimbursed by the Organization
- Counseling the patients A total of 20000 people were treated at the camp and nearly 500 were provided counseling.
Villagers were also briefed on sanitation and hygiene as part of health education. The lady gynecologist provided consultations to a number of women for their general and gynecological problems. A refractions examined the patients for the vision defects and referred them to Mediciti hospital in Secunderabad for providing them spectacles and also for surgical procedures for removal of cataracts, free of cost. The elderly people (men and women) who attended the medical camp were examined and found suffering from:
- Bronchial Asthma
- Contact Dermatitis
- Gastritis Women
- Leucorrhea Children
- Cough and cold
The camp was successful as there were a number of patients who attended the camp and were examined by the medical teams. Thereafter drugs were distributed to the patients for free. The local community requested the organization to continue providing medical care for the villagers. Care for International Organization assured the villagers of their possible support with ongoing medical camps and also suggested to look into the possibility to establish a permanent small medical unit in the village that could serve the people providing much needed basic medical care. The ARUNODAYA TRUST also visited the Anganawadi, child care center located in villages and observed that the center lacked proper infrastructure as the small children attending the center are exposed to heat and humidity. The center was also not properly equipped with fans, water supply and sanitation. ARUNODAYA TRUST has donated fans and executed the work of its fixation and functioning.