As Report by Arjun Bisht
Getting medical services right at their doorstep was just a dream for them. But now this is a reality for people of the remote hilly areas of Uttaranchal. They are now being diagnosed and treated literally at their doorstep, thanks to the mobile clinic that was inaugurated by the president Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam at Almora a month ago.
That the hill people are very enthusiastic about the Uttaranchal mobile clinic and research centre (UMCRC) was evident at a two day medical camp which began here on Friday. A large number of patients from surrounding areas came to the camp and underwent health check-up on the first day itself. Many were suffering from serious ailments related to heart, lungs and skin.
Incidentally this was the 17th medical camp that the UMRC is organising in the hill state. This time the UMCRC had also ropped in a team of senior medical experts from the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. “So far more than 2000 patients from the remote hilly areas have undergone a health check up in the medical camps since the mobile clinic was launched in the Hill State”. Dr Col. C S Pant, VSM, an eminent Radiologist and the Project Director, UMRC told the Hindustan Times.
A majority of the patients come to the mobile clinic with great hope.
Take for example the case of 32-year old Bhuwan Singh, of Dwarsu Village, who is a heart patient. “I have consulted several doctors ever since I developed heart ailment three years ago but failed to get relief.” Singh said. “I came here to attend this camp in the hope that I will finally be cured of the disease I suffering from.” he added.
Belwal singh of Ranikhet is confident of getting properly cured of his serious skin disease because “I have heard that only the doctors at the mobile clinic are competent but the medical instrument it is equipped with are also highly sophisticated.”