Monday, 6 April 2015

NGO’s : changing the world around

4th March evening, i used to be enjoying my hot cup of tea with kurkure whereas serious cyclone was busy destroying the electricity supply and uprooting trees outside, suddenly my mobile beeped. it had been a whatsapp from Raunak, one of my best friends and fellow intern. He conveyed the message from Swati ma'am (our ma'am from community medicine dept.) that a health camp will be there the next day targeted toward senior citizen and that we might be joining her. Primarily I had a bit of dilemma whether or not to hitch the camp wasting a valuable Sunday or not. Raunak shared the message in our intern’s whatsapp group too. Our friends Reea, Rebika, Rimi promptly agreed to join. Their enthusiasm took me under its ambit and I decided to go. That evening we can’t plan more as cyclone virtually desolated mobile networks.
                Next morning Raunak informed me that He won’t be able to be a part of us because of some unavoidable circumstance. He also gave me the mobile no. of Swati ma'am so that I could communicate with her relating to the camp. I talked with her and told her that we four folks will join her. She was terribly happy that so many interns were joining her, however on the other hand, she was worried if we might slot in vehicle she had arranged. I told her we are going to manage anyhow, we are unwilling to leave any of our friends behind. She also told me that we were reaching to Kali krishna para for a health camp organized by an NGO named KP memorial welfare society.
Ma'am with local Panchayat chief.

                It was 10, ma'am rang me and asked to join her, she was ready. Within five minutes we were prepared and going. Four folks on a seat meant to accommodate three, but we didn't even acknowledge it, as we were deeply immersed in our talks, leg pull etc. As we neared the destination, the sky cloud density multiplied. As we crossed Bishalgarh central jail, landscape started changing dramatically. Lush tea leaf plantation was a pleasure for eyes and then, out of nowhere broad-gauge road connecting Agartala to southern part of the state emerged. we all began to imagine, how lovely the scene will be once we’ll travel in train through this greenery. Every good thing must finish, our journey too terminated close to a community hall at kali krishna para, the venue for today’s health camp.
Initial geathering at camp
                Out of car as we stretched, some folks started arranging the hall for smooth running of the camp. 5 tables were set up 1 dedicated to registration, 1 for pressure measurement, 2 for doctors, 1 for drugs distribution. Registration table was occupied by a non-medical employees. me and my friends occupied tables meant for doctors and blood pressure measurement, ma'am hold the drugs distribution table. And a long consultation process started.
Me and Rebika surrounded by patients.

Reea and Sanjayda busy prescribing..
Rimi doing it alone.
   1st i assumed patient load won\'t be that great as I didn't have the thought however massive area the camp was going to cover. initially when I started the registered patient no. was 35. As we completed, virtually a hundred senior citizens availed our services. we all tried to treat them exploitation our greatest skills. Patients we couldn't diagnose were treated by ma'am and a few patient, specially the one’s having eye or ear disorders were short-listed to be treated later by specialist doctors. Free medicines too were distributed among the patients who required them. Hot tea was served as the camp neared finish. On demand we measured BP of some ASHA staff too. 
Selfie time.

                At the end of the camp we did some photo shoot taking a small pond in the background. 10-20 minutes later we headed back to Agartala following same scenic road. This time, rain accompanied  us making the road even more beautiful. As we neared the college, car stopped at nirmala, a renowned food joint. Ma'am organized lunch for us, taking my lunch packets, I returned my home. Power cut was still there, as I entered home, thunderstorm started.

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