Government to give geriatric medicine free of cost from November 1.

About 8,000 people attended People’s Hospital, a medical camp organised at the Bhagavathy Vilasam High School at Nayarambalam on Sunday.

About 200 doctors from the Health Services attached to the General Hospital, Malippuram, Vypeen blocks and the National Rural Health Mission led the camp. The camp was organised by S. Sarma, MLA.

Inaugurating the camp, K. Babu, Minister for Excise and Ports, said that the government would be giving geriatric medicine free of cost from November 1. Camps were held in 15 departments including general medicine, gynaecology, ophthalmology and surgery. The Ophthalmology section got the largest number of patients. “Lots of people turned up for eye check up,” said Dr. K.V. Beena, NRHM manager and convenor of the camp.

Dr. Rafeek and Dr. Madhu V. from the General Hospital and Dr. Sherly and Dr. Appu Cyriac from Malippuram led the eye camps.

Super-specialty departments of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, such as cardiology, nephrology, and dental, participated in the camp. They brought telemedicine and other equipment to the camp. BPCL-KRL was the major supporter of the camp. Local bank branches and other organisations also pitched in. The volunteers of Kudumbashree, ASHA workers, managed the crowds.

The camp had centres for ayurveda and homeopathy treatment besides allopathy. Over a 1,000 people registered for ayurveda treatment while about 700 registered for homeopathy.

Prior registration was conducted for the camp. Kudumbashree and AHSA workers had spread information regarding the camp.

The camp was run by 400-odd medical staff including nurses, laboratory technicians, and pharmacists. The patients will be given follow-up check up free of cost at the General Hospital. The follow up would include scans, X-rays or blood tests that were prescribed at the camp.

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