The annual surgical camp which is organized by the Rotary Club of Nagpur South (RCNS) will mark its 25th year. The 25th camp will be organized at Chikhaldara from January 16 to January 18 this year.
It was in 1992 in Semadoh that the first camp was conducted under the guidance of Dr S.M. Patil.
Dr Prakash Thosare, then an official of the forest department, suggested holding of such camps in the forests situated in the foothills of Satpuda so as to extend the benefits to the Korku tribals. The idea was accepted by the Rotarians and the camps have been conducted there ever since.
In 1993, the venue of the camp was shifted to Chikhaldara with a view to offer better healthcare facilities.
The camp conducts surgeries of all kinds without charging any money from the patients. A proper state-of-art operation theatre is set up in the rural hospital by the Rotary Club.
This year’s camp will see about 1,500 patients make a beeline and about 200 operations being conducted.
Sanjay Tatwawadi, past president of RCNS, gave details about the camp in a press conference which was held on Tuesday.
"The main objective of this camp is to treat all the patients as opposed to just diagnosing them as mere identifying the ailment cannot solve the problem," he said.
"A satellite diagnostic camp was held at Dharni on December 30 and 31 wherein 475 Korku tribal were examined. Out of these, patients who need to undergo general, minor and major surgeries were identified. These patients will be treated during the camp free of cost," he further added.
Dr Devendra Mahore, an ENT surgeon who has been a crucial part of the camp for the past 22 years said that the special care has been taken to ensure the quality of the service is up to the mark.
"High-quality branded medicines are provided to the patients and they are operated upon by an expert team of doctors. However, our job does not end there and the service is extended even after the camp wherein the treated patients are given all the medicines they might require post-operation," he said.
Tatwawadi further added that Ekal Vidyalaya and forest department have extended tremendous support to the camp by moving the patients to Chikhaldara. He said the camp is ‘combined effort’ to successfully execute a ‘noble deed’.
Amongst the others present, Amit Gokhle, president of RCNS, was also seen at the press conference.
Post the surgical camp; a two-day thyroid surgical workshop will be conducted on 20th and 21st January. Around 12 patients who were examined before will be treated.
The camp will be graced by around 40 delegates from all over the country.
Information source: timesofindia
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