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On the 9th of December 2012, Trinity Care Foundation conducted a Free Mobile Health camp in Somanathapura Village Government School in Bagepalli Taluk, Chickaballapura District, Karnataka, India.
This medical camp aimed at providing basic healthcare services focusing on Orthopedics, Gynaecology, Dermatology, Diabetology, Cardiology, Dentistry, Pediatrics & Ophthalmology. Basic Medicines were provided free of cost.
The Organization worked in conjunction with government health officials, Gram Panchayath Members and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL members in order to organize this event.
Health Workers from villages were directed in advance to escort patients to this camp. In order to spread the word about the camp, the foundation organized press releases in local newspapers and also put up advertisement posters in and around the village. Additionally local help was taken to cover the event.
A team of 36, including 18 Doctors as well as observers from HAL, Bangalore, set out from Bangalore early in the morning and arrived at Somanathapura Government School, the site of the camp at around 10:00 am. The Village is 148 Kilometers from Bangalore City towards Devanahalli.
Once there, the team began examining patients – who consisted mostly of young children and Adults – to determine the extent of their problems and decide on a possible course of action to correct these problems. Patients were examined by our team of doctors.
The team distributed Medicines, conducted GRBS Tests and provided Dental Treatments on the Mobile Dental Unit. Around Six Hundred people were examined for various problems. The doctors explained to each patient – and in many cases, parents and other relatives of these patients as well – exactly what procedures needed to be done to cure them. While the team had anticipated a problem in convincing patients of the need for surgery, there did not appear to be any such issue.
Each person examined was given a diagnosis and a prescription sheet, and some patients were also asked to come into Bangalore for surgeries on a given date.
The camp closed at 3:30 pm, after every single patient had been observed. Fluoride is the main cause in Bagepalli Taluk. Problems caused by fluoride include Dental Fluorosis - a disease of the teeth, weakening of bones and bone loss, bone cancer, kidney problems and hormone disruption.
Patients who require surgery will be treated at hospitals in Bangalore in the near future.
Trinity Care Foundation hopes to build on its successes by organizing such camps soon. This Mobile Health Camp was conducted for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative focusing on Community Health.
Trinity Care Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization focusing on Craniofacial Surgeries, School Health Programs and Outreach Health Programs in Karnataka, India.
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The community outreach program provides a wealth of health screening solutions – from dentistry to gynaecology – and offers medicines free of charge. This is helping to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in Indian society, preventing needless deaths by providing easy to access treatment for diseases, as well as education regarding common illnesses.
Child to adult – a journey in good health
When good health practices are observed by the entire community, it provides a wealth of benefits. Children who are more alert in school can perform better – and a better education provides a route to employment and income, which is ideal for deprived areas.
Understanding the nutrients that a body requires to stay active and healthy leads to a better diet, which is beneficial for preventing a range of different health problems. A community of healthy adults poses a lesser strain on local hospitals and healthcare providers, meaning they can dedicate more time and money to curing and treating difficult illnesses.
Additionally, a community in better health is stronger, more active and more productive. This is especially useful in rural villages where farming is the main source of work. People in areas like this often don’t have access to a doctor, dentist or hospital – but they depend on their bodies to be able to work in the fields and bring in an income. Preventative healthcare such as that brought through outreach health programs, allows access to doctors and dentists to resolve issues before they become serious, and even fatal problems.