Govt reaching out to people to provide healthcare: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Oct 2018 10:12:02


Staff Reporter,

More than 42,000 patients turned up at Atal mega health check-up camp

Hundreds of doctors, officers, BJP workers ensured success of the mega event

Admitting that people are facing difficulties for availing treatment at public health institutions, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Now, Government wants to reach out directly to people’s doors to provide them quality healthcare. Atal mega health check-up camp is one such step in realising this laudable objective. The smile on the faces of poor and needy in the camp is evidence that we have succeeded in our efforts. But we will not stop here. Providing better healthcare is our motto and we will achieve it.” Fadnavis reminded that from the fund of Chief Minister, a sum of Rs 450 crore was provided for the treatment of poor till now with a thought that nobody should be deprived of proper healthcare for want of money.

Fadnavis was speaking during the inauguration of Atal mega health check-up camp organised for the people by Maharashtra Medical Education Department through Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Sunday at Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University hostel ground.  More than 42,000 patients availed benefit of the camp and this large turnout in urban area has brought to fore absence of affordable health care. The screening process was started on October 21.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Surface Transport Minister, presided over the function. Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister; Girish Bapat, Food and Civil Supplies Minister; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister; Nanda Jichkar, Mayor; MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Mallikarjun Reddy, Sandip Joshi, Chairman of Maharashtra State Small Scale Industries Development Corporation; Munna Yadav, Chairman of Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board; Ajay Sancheti, ex-MP; Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Medical Education Secretary; Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector; Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra; Dr Sanjiv Kamble, Director, Public Health, Maharashtra; Nagesh Bhonsale, Cine Star were the prominent among those present.

Gadkari elaborated about the camp and also attracted attention of the gathering towards various health schemes run by Central as well as State governments for common man. “Soon Nagpur will have All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that would provide more healthcare facilities to the people. Some parts especially the tribal areas are witnessing the menace of diseases like sicklecell, anaemia so the health check-up camps focussing these diseases should also be organised,” Gadkari suggested.
Girish Mahajan, Girish Bapat, Sandip Joshi, Munna Yadav also spoke on the occasion.

During the mega event, Fadnavis inaugurated the Atal Oral Health Mission website.  Health-related material was provided to people.  Similarly, books providing health tips and care to be taken during Golden Hour were released. The construction workers were distributed with the cheques of profits emerged out of various Government schemes. The doctors who rendered their services were also acknowledged and honoured.

Earlier, Fadnavis and others took a round of the camp premises and expressed satisfaction over the arrangement. The camp had doctors from all pathies like Ayurved, Homoeopathy, Allopathy, Unani etc. It had also the chambers of doctors of all specialities. Apart from Nagpur, the doctors and paramedical staff from across State had come to Nagpur to render their services.

Man die of cardiac arrest at camp

A person who came for health check up in the camp, unfortunately died due to cardiac arrest.  The deceased was identified as Vijay Kamble. Kamble did come around 12 noon and was waiting for his turn.  Meanwhile, he felt dizziness and fainted. The doctors at the camp tried to revive him but by the time he was taken to a hospital, he breathed his last.

According to some witnesses, adequate attention was not paid to him as ambulance did not reach in time. But organisers stoutly refuted the criticism and claimed that due attention was paid to him and a team of doctors did try their best but Kamble suffered a severe heart attack and could not be saved.

Rameshwar’s Micro-planning key to success

The key to success of the Atal Mega Health Camp is the micro planning by Rameshwar Naik, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Maharashtra Minister for Medical Education Girish Mahajan. He has his own team of 30 youths who worked tirelessly. The camp’s planning started a month ago and Rameshwar himself was in Nagpur for the last one week conducting meetings with doctors and others. He remained awake for the whole Saturday night near the dome that was erected at the Dr PDKV premises to check every minute things so that no stone should be left unturned. He attended every screening activity that was held between October 21 and 26 at Nagpur through which patients came for Sunday’s camp.

Rameshwar Naik and his team created a data of the patients on whom various procedures are to be performed. The responsibility of follow-up has been bestowed upon Sandip Joshi, Chairman of Maharashtra Small scale Industries Development Corporation and ruling party leader at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Joshi is doing yeoman’s service to the health sector by providing food to the relatives of the patients.