Patients throng free health camp

- TULARAM PANDEY, Kalikot

Jan 8, 2015-

Patients from villages near and far thronged to the two-day free cardiac check-up camp organised in remote Kalikot district in the Karnali region. Suffering from heart and various other ailments since long owing to their failure to seek medical assistance due to severe financial constraints, locals had flocked to district headquarters Manma to attend the health camp as they did not want to miss out on the opportunity to get a free health check-up.  

Patients had walked two to three days from far off villages like Khin, Dhaulagoha, Thirpu, Ramnakot, Foimahadev, Chilkhaya, Rupsa, among others, to participate and benefit from the camp. Taking into consideration the large number of patients, the doctors had conducted check-ups as late as 11 pm. According to the District Public Health Office (DPHO), the patients reaching the camp constituted mostly of women and children.

“Even patients from neighbouring districts, including Achham, Dailekh, Bajura and Jumla also visited the camp,” said DPHO officer Mohammed Ojair Alam. The patients were also provided with free medicines at the camp.

According to the DPHO, heart check-up of 1,377 patients was conducted at the camp organised by the DPHO in coordination with Save the Heart, Kathmandu.

“I had been experiencing stomach ache since long and the health personnel in the local and district health facilities had been telling me that I had gastritis. But the doctors at the check-up camp told me that I have a hole in my heart and recommended surgery,” said local Sarala Dhamala of Fukot-4.

Stating that she finally got to know what really ailed her through correct diagnosis, Dhamala, however, said that she does not know what to do now as she lacks financial means to seek further medical treatment for her ailing heart.

While renowned cardiologists from various medical institutions in Nepal and abroad had participated in the camp, an Italian national, Massimo Orlando, had borne travel, food and accommodation expenses of health personnel participating in the camp. Meanwhile, District Development Committee that had provided Rs 30,000 in food expenses for 80 volunteers at the camp pledged to continue extending their support in the future while bidding farewell to the doctors.

While the Nepali doctors have returned to the Capital on Thursday, a team of three foreign doctors headed to Kumalgaun primary health post located a day’s walk from Manma. 

Published: 09-01-2015 09:26

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