The Health Pillar recently conducted about five more mobile medical camps in Madhya Pradesh in the month of February 2012. The medical camps held on 5, 12, 19, 25 and 26 February 2012 covered about 18 villages in the Tirla and Sultanpur Blocks of Madhya Pradesh. The villages covered included Badpipli, Seetapath, Padliya, Maafipura, Kalaphata, Semlipura, Ambapura, Rampura, Nayapura, Kalukhedi, Sukliter and Beed villages and benefited over 600 people. Women, especially expectant and lactating mothers, have benefited immensely from such camps. It was also beneficial to the elderly, who normally hesitate to access health services.
In some of the hamlets, the camps conducted were repeat camps which helped in following up the health status of many who had attended the previous ones. This was again most beneficial to the expectant and lactating mothers. Many of them expressed their happiness and gratitude for such a service. Looking at the improved health condition of many beneficiaries, more villagers attended the repeat camps, thereby increasing the number of attendees with each visit.
The Health Pillar, along with Child Fund, organised a drawing competition for girls in one of the villages. Held in the health-camp site, this was received with much enthusiasm. Many little girls in the village participated in the competition and it helped draw many of their mothers to the medical camp. More such measures have been planned to help bring in more villagers closer to availing health services.
The villages where the camps were conducted do not have access to primary healthcare services in its vicinity. A common health hazard encountered in many of these villages is the poor standards of hygiene followed. Malnourishment is another common factor affecting these villagers. The Health Pillar has, so far, conducted about 17 medical camps which have benefited over 2,000 people in Madhya Pradesh.