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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Health Checkup Camp

Health Check up Camp: Amrapali Society, Mhada Building, Next to Kanjurmarg West Station

During all Umang Members meeting in the month of November 2009, we come up with a thought to organize a Health Check up camp with a focus to serve under privilege section of society and responsibilities were given to Subhradeep Bhatacharya and Ajay Pardeshi. They have identified a location near Kanjurmarg Station in Mhada Building number 8 and the date was decided as Sunday Dec 20, 2009.

Subhradeep Bhatacharya, Ajay Pardeshi and Ashish Goyal were the ‘Umang Champion’ for this activity and responsible for all arrangements. Team Umang had a group of 16 volunteers for this camp: Sandeep Bhanushali, R S Goyal, Vishal Shanbhag, Manish Nair, Kirti Masurkar, Renuka Bhavake, Rahul Gupta, Anup Palod, Shilpa Palod, Sunita, Kiran, Chetan Karkhanis, Ruchir Aswal,
Health Checkup Camp was led by Dr Deepak Patil with whom we had a team of 6 doctors along with a team of 5 doctors from J J Hospital and 4 technicians.

This health check up camp was focused towards basic problems faced by individuals who mostly got ignored in the day to day busy schedule. We have organized a series of medical examinations for all the patients:-

1. Height & Weight Measurement
2. Peak Flow Test (PFT)
3. Hemoglobin Test
4. Blood Pressure Examination
5. Blood Sugar Examination
6. Basic Medicines for all
7. Doctors have examined every patient’s individually


Meticulous - In one word, that is how the Umang Champion(s) for the event had planned the details. Every last detail medicines, instruments, first aid, everything was duly prepared and made available before time. Doctors were convinced to leave aside their much desired rest day and spend the whole day treating patients; perhaps more patients than they would treat on an average sitting in their clinic.

Efficient - A total of 345 patients with just 11 doctors and 4 medical assistants, that's an average of more than 30 patients per doctor and in just a span of 4 hours. Numbers speak volumes of the efficient manner in which every patient was covered. Not to mention of course, that each patient did get the due attention and care needed.

Order in chaos - As the day progressed, patients started pouring in and quickly too. Considering that it was a camp and not a regular hospital, it could soon turn out to be quite chaotic. The Umang Champion(s) expertly organized the whole flow in a manner so that the queues were short and all patients were attended to without to much waiting time.

Enthusiastic - That's how we would describe the Umang team and the doctors who helped make the camp a success. Of course, the one adjective does not do justice to the amount of hard work and tireless efforts that were put in by all the doctors and volunteers.

Spread the good word - With more of these free medical camps, NGOs like Umang are providing leadership in a sector where the State's efforts are still leave much desired. If only more of us would leave the comfort of our Sofa on those odd weekends, then more of such camps can be organized and the concept of free and affordable health care for all would not be a distant dream but a visible reality. So, it’s time to spread the good word and encourage more people to get involved and lend their hand.

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