A mega medical-cum-surgical camp was organised by RC Bharuch, RID 3060, in partnership with the Indian Medical Association, Indian Dental Association and Bharuch Homeopathy Association, in which 5,500 less privileged people were screened for general illnesses. Medicines were distributed.
The then DG Santosh Pradhan, AG Tushar Jinwalla, district collector Tushar Sumera, SP (Bharuch) Dr Leena Patil, and office-bearers of partner associations were present at the inaugural ceremony. “The main aim of the camp is to provide free consultations, medicines to needy people, and refer them for specialised treatment or surgery, if necessary. We make sure that people who are referred for surgery get timely healthcare at the right time,” said Bharuch MLA Dushyant Patel, a Rotarian and event ambassador.
Around 215 doctors from various specialties and 300 health workers were present at the camp to treat patients. “Seven years ago, we started this annual medical camp realising the importance of healthcare for the poor. After every camp, we maintain a record of surgeries to be done and patients are sent to the referred hospitals for follow-up procedures,” said Rachana Poddar, club secretary (2021–22).
The camp was preceded by a month-long publicity campaign over social media, distribution of leaflets and the volunteers at the RCC Bharuch fanning out to nearby villages to spread the message of free medical treatment at the camp, said club president Dr Vikram Premkumar.
A team of paediatricians examined children. Around 1,500 nutritional kits and sufficient supplies of multivitamin supplements to last for a month were distributed to malnourished children. “We have reached out to 2,150 children with nutrition kits so far and plan to distribute them throughout the year,” he said.
“We are thankful to Rtn Dushyant Patel, deputy chief whip of the Gujarat government, doctors and paramedical staff for their expertise, time and service,” said Anish Parikh, event chairman. Maahiben Solanki, a beneficiary, was gifted a wheelchair at the camp. “Now I can move around better, go out of my home anytime I like and to school without being a burden to my parents who used to carry me earlier,” she gushed with pride.