MOBILE MEDICAL CAMP
(A UNIT OF VIVEKANANDA KENDRA NRL HOSPITAL)
Vivekananda Kendra which is a well known service Mission primarily based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda who preached man making and nation building as the basic objectives. Swami Vivekananda stressed on serving humanity as he could visualize that “There are lots of poor people sunk in degradation and misery who need to be served with zeal and enthusiasm and needful action to be taken up to distribute medicines to those who are sick and also to nurse them with all care”. The concept of Vivekananda Kendra and Numaligarh Refinery hospital project stemmed from this particular vision of Swami Vivekananda as was being conceived by the former Managing Director of Numaligarh Refinary Ltd. – Sri Ranjit Kumar Dutta, who had initially given shape to the idea of involvement of an NGO like that Vivekananda Kendra with its widespread reputation of being a dedicated service organization which has contributed very significantly in the sphere of education in the North East under the leadership of its present Vice President – Mananeeya A.K. Balakrisnanji.
Vivekananda Kendra NRL Hospital was born on 19th September 1997 through an MOU between the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. and Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumary.
In 1998 a dispensary to serve the Refinery and its allied group of people and Mobile Medical Camp for the nearby rural population was set up at 16th Unit of NRL Township with one Doctor, One Nurse and One nursing attendant. Above mentioned medical team used to go to the nearby rural areas and provide them free medicine and advice after making the diagnosis on clinical examination. The Hospital organized camp thrice in a week in 12 centres within 5 KM radius of Refinery and Township and covered about 25,000 rural population. Patient history and treatment record card were also maintained. In other words it can be termed as Mobile OPD.
It also organized Special camps when there was natural calamity like flood, earthquake etc. and epidemic outbreak like Malaria, Dysentery which extended beyond 5 K.M. radius.
In the year 2005 Mobile Medical Camp took another step to improve its services by organizing the camps 6 (six) days in a week and getting Doctors from Social and Preventive Medicine Department of Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh who attended the camp and get acquainted with the rural Health Service. They also took up the demographic survey of surrounding villages in details inclusive of documentation, which also helped NRL to gear up their CSR activity in those areas.
At present Vivekananda Kendra NRL Hospital is operating two Mobile Medical Teams since 20th July 2018. They are working as MMC-I and MMC-II and total 50 camps are being covered under them which includes around 60 villages within 5 to 10 km radius of Numaligarh Refinery Limited area.
Providing primary health care service and awareness program on various communicable and non communicable diseases including health and hygiene with preventive measures within the 5 to 10 KM areal distance from Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. As mentioned before, beyond the refinery area MMC conducts special health camp and awareness program and on an average 24 health camps are being held annually on request of NGOs and it also has the provision to organize special health camp when there is epidemic/outbreak or natural calamity with the resources from the hospital. Annually average 40000 patients are expected to attend MMC OPD services. Present MMC is also equipped with Mobile Laboratory facility with provision for on the spot blood report of essential blood tests like Hemoglobin estimation, blood sugar estimation, Blood grouping etc. Regular First Aid training program for local population and police constable, CISF Jawan, Forest Guard and Teachers from schools and colleges is another activity of MMC. Mobile Medical Camp has started to conduct regular cervical and breast cancer screening camp in rural and remote areas since 2017 with through laboratory investigation procedure of suspected patients. Beyond the regular demographic survey MMC team is adopting some Tuberculosis endemic areas for screening and treatment under DOTs. Blood donation camp; awareness on Blood donation and Anemia in nearby school and colleges is a regular activity under MMC.
Providing treatment and preventive measures of Diarrheal diseases, Dysentery, Skin infection, Respiratory tract infection, Malaria, Helminthiasis, Nutritional anemia and also MMC has been giving awareness on it. More than that MMC has been dealing with hypertensive and diabetic patients with regular free medication and blood sugar estimation under specialist doctor’s supervision. The team visits at least 12 primary schools annually for health checkup and awareness on health and hygiene. At present Mobile medical team conducts mass deworming camps to the regularly visited villages and to make them aware about the need of deworming and its relation with nutritional anemia of children every year.
Visits of Gynecologist and Pediatrician with mobile medical team has made it convenient for the people living in remote and difficult area for specialized consultation. Time to time specialist doctors from hospital visit for consultation and to deliver awareness speech on Diarrheal diseases and usefulness of ORS, Exclusive Breast Feeding, Family planning, Breast cancer, Cancer cervix, HIV/AIDS is become beyond a primary health care service.
Through the camps Swami Vivekananda’s message of “SERVE MAN – SERVE GOD” and Mananeeya Eknath Ranadeji’s work is also being spread amongst the people. Yoga training and awareness camps (Yoga Varga and Sattra) are also conducted as additional service to the community.
As a whole Mobile Medical Camp has been performing a unique role to serve the rural population surrounding Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. and other remote villages of Golaghat district for a healthier society and living style.