ANDHRA PRADESH

Police hold health camp in Maoist stronghold

Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: As part of the special initiative to reach out to the medically underserved communities, the police organised a mega health camp in Markodu, a forest village in the remote Gundala mandal, on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat also paid a visit to the area, where Maoists writ runs large, along with specialist doctors.

It is one of the heavily forested pockets in the district, where tribal communities virtually had no access to the facilities of modern medicine. Complaints about quacks playing havoc with the innocent tribal patients are galore.

Some 5,000 patients from different tribal villages in the mandal turned up for the free health check-up. Many of them had complaints of vision impairments. They were attended by eye specialists from Srikrishna Eye Hospital, Bhimavaram. Thirty of the patients were referred for surgery. Patients with heart ailment and other chronic diseases were also identified and they would be referred to hospitals for further treatment under the Rajiv Arogyasri.

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