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Udhampur, January 20:

The Army has been constantly undertaking numerous projects for the benefit of the local populace. In pursuance of this noble aim, Indian Army organised a ‘Mega Multi-Speciality Medical Camp’ for the benefit of local populace of remote and inaccessible hilly areas of Gool and its adjoining villages on 19 January 2019. The camp was organised consequent to popular demand from the AWAM owing to almost negligible medical facilities available in Gool Sub Division.

Inspite of the ‘Standing Snow’ and early morning rain showers and snow, the medical camp was conducted from 9 AM till 5 PM. Medical camp was inaugurated by Lt Gen Manomoy Ganguly, Director General of Medical Services (Army) in presence of Maj Gen Dhiraj Seth, General Officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) and many other Senior Army Officers and Civil Dignitaries. Dr Jitender Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) also visited the medical camp and interacted with the patients before addressing the gathering. He appreciated the unconditional and everlasting support of the Army to the locals of Gool area who have limited access to basic health-care services owing to difficult hilly terrain in the region.

Leading Super-Specialist Doctors and Nursing Staff drawn from various Army Hospitals were pooled in to provide much needed specialist medical cover during this camp. The services of Super-Specialists in the field of Ophthalmology, ENT, Gynaecology (Lady), Paediatrics, Medicines, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Dental, Physiotherapy, Radiology and Pathology were provided alongwith ECG, X-Ray, Ultra sound and Lab facilities. Free medicines were also provided to the patients including ladies, children and elderly during the camp.

Inspite of inclement weather conditions, a large number of patients from remote areas of Gool Block A, B & C and nearby villages to include Dharam, Dhedah, Dachhan and Sangaldhan turned-up for the medical check-up and screening. Wide publicity was given to ensure that maximum people avail this opportunity to attend the medical camp. Patients were examined for Diabetes, Hypertension, Bronchial Asthma, Anaemia, Nutritional Deficiencies, Hearing Problems, Cataract, Gynaecological problems and Dental related diseases besides carrying out Pathology & Radiology investigations. During the camp, approximately 4650 patients were treated which included 1628 males, 1952 females and 1070 children. The patients were also distributed with medical aids to include 05 Wheel-Chairs, 29 Walking Sticks, 06 Crutches, 10 Hearing Aids and 28 Low Vision Kits.

Notable during the camp was life saving resuscitation extended to Shabir Ahmed who was an epilepsy patient brought in a critical life threatening condition to whom timely emergency aid was provided by a team of specialist Army doctors lasting over eight hours, which resulted in saving precious life of the individual. Also, Nargis age 14 years ever thanked the Army for a surgery provided to her for Dermoid Cyst during the Camp. In all, a total of 32 patients requiring critical care were treated during the camp. Besides, Mohd Ashfaq, Mohd Asharaf and Yasima Bano thanked the Indian Army for providing much needed wheelchairs and walking sticks which will immensely help them in their daily activities and improve their quality of life.

The local population and district administration were grateful to the Army for their concentrated efforts and assistance in providing medical aid to the needy at their door step.