Medical Camps at Partner Villages
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Sunbird’s holistic approach to education includes medical cover for its students wherever possible. Sunbird seeks to partner with likeminded organisations and provide them with a platform to operate in remote areas. An unfortunate reality in many far flung areas of Manipur is the almost complete lack of healthcare and doctors. In many cases, villages do not see a doctor for even a year or two and even minor curable ailments turn into crippling disabilities. The distance of the nearest medical facility is itself daunting, involving a day’s journey. Moreover, the cost of travel, medicines and hotel stay at the nearest town is well beyond the reach of most.
In June 2014, medical camps were held at Haochung and Ijeirong Villages in Tamenglong District of Manipur. Conducted by Arogya Seva, a Bangalore based NGO and partner of Sunbird, the team was headed by Dr Daya Prasad, MD, Director Arogya Seva and Trustee, Sunbird Trust. The District Commissioner Tamenglong Mr Arthur W, IAS provided full support by deputing Govt doctors to attend the camps. Later a separate camp was held at K Songlung Village in Senapati District.
During the medical camps, nearly 500 patients were treated for a variety of ailments. De-worming medicine was provided to the entire village. Highly treatable diseases like scabies, other skin infections, diarrhoea and vitamin deficiencies were diagnosed and the patients advised.
With the experience gained in conducting this camp, Aarogya Seva will be partnering Sunbird and holding these much needed camps as often as feasible.