Stress on role of NGOs in tackling new diseases
A total of 4,033 persons were screened at Sanjeevi special medical camps organised in 12 places in and around Vellore on behalf of the Rotary International District 3230 on Sunday.
Twelve Rotary Clubs in Vellore and 12 Rotary Clubs in Chennai sponsored the medical camps, with doctors from various hospitals in Vellore, Chennai, Salem and other places screening patients. General physicians, dentists, ophthalmologists, cardiac specialists, child specialists and obstetricians and gynecologists screened visitors and administered them medicines and offered consultation.
According to D. Thirumaran, one of the coordinators of the camps, the largest number of persons scanned was 525, at the camp conducted by the Rotary Clubs of Katpadi and Chennai MCC in Sion Malai in Serkadu village. It was followed by 519 at the camp held in Ashram School. The largest number of persons who underwent dental examination was 358, followed by 180 who underwent eye screening. Cardiac patients, orthopedic patients, and women and children accounted for the remaining visitors at the camps. Chest X-ray was taken on 26 persons to detect tuberculosis. Ten persons were selected for cataract surgery, two for thyroid surgery, five for heart surgery and one for surgery to remove a tumour in the jaw.
Inaugurating the medical camp conducted by Vellore Gems Rotary Club, Chennai, Kodambakkam Rotary Club and Margaret Sidney Hospital, Chennai, at Ashram School on Filter Bed Road, Health Minister K.C. Veeramani said that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have a great role to play in helping the government tackle the challenge posed by emergence of new diseases. NGOs could help not only in organising medical camps but also creating awareness of the ways of preventing diseases.
Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs. 6511.22 crore for the health sector and is taking all efforts to provide treatment to people affected by various diseases. New diseases were emerging, leading to arrival of new drugs and inventions. The best option under these circumstances is to take preventive steps .
P. Karthiyayini, Mayor of Vellore, and A.P. Khanna, Rotary District Governor, R.I. District 3230, spoke. P. Satheesh Kumar, president, Vellore Gems Rotary Club, presided.