Essar Foundation, under its ‘Aarogya’ (community health) programme, and Essar Power, Madhya Pradesh, organised a one-day Health Camp on November 25, 2011, near the site of the Mahan power plant project.
A recent outbreak of malaria in the adjoining district of Sidhi claimed 66 lives. Responding proactively to the situation, the Essar team took the initiative of conducting a health camp, along with the State government, in Village Nagwa, for the benefit of residents of 11 villages located around the site.
Well-known local doctors, Dr Pankaj Singh (BMO), Dr Kadambari Mishra, Dr YP Dwivedi and Dr BC Singh, contributed their services. Additionally, a team of pathologists and a vaccination team made their services available.
A total of 1,087 patients were treated at the camp. The team tended to patients suffering from fever, arthritis, cold and cough, malnutrition and gynecological disorders at the health camp. Over 100 patients found suffering from fever were tested for malaria; four cases of severe illnesses were identified and they were referred to the Community Health Centre, Khutar, for long-term treatment. All others were treated and given free medicines.
Vaccines for Hepatitis-B, DPT, tetanus and BCG were also administered; over 125 people availed of this facility. Nearly 100 children suffering from malnutrition were provided nutritional supplements, vitamins and tonics.
Essar executives and representatives of the village and local administration, all came forward to help cope with the large number of patients who attended the camp.