The RK HIV AIDS Research & Care Centre had created a ‘Guinness Book of World Record’ for the “Largest Sexual Health Awareness” the mega healthcare movement, ‘Swasth Zindagi’, one of the largest medical camps which was held on 19th Feb 2017 at the MMRDA Grounds, BKC in Mumbai.
Over 52 hospitals from all over Maharashtra, thousands of doctors, paramedical doctors and volunteers joined the movement catering to the needy, who are unaware of the benefits and medical schemes they are eligible for.
The same feet is now going to be repeated in Surat in October.
“The biggest challenge in implementing the primary health care principles is of equitable distribution of health care to all. The rural masses and urban slum dwellers are most vulnerable to lack of access to health care, and RK HIV AIDS Research & Care Centre aims to bridge this gap,” explains Dr Dharmendra Kumar.
“The underprivileged and the slum dwellers in India continue to have poor access to basic determinants of good health as well as to the curative services from government sources during illness as the masses are indifferent or not aware of the various medical schemes and benefits available to them. ‘Swasth Zindagi’ by RK HIV AIDS is one step towards this cause”, said Dr Dharmendra Kumar, Chairman, RK HIV AIDS Research & Care Centre.
All major diseases will be covered at the medical camp incudling cardiac, kidney or liver ailments, ENT ailments, HIV, cancer, heart and lung ailments etc.
Over the past five years, R K HIV has successfully conducted 7971 medical camps in which over 37,71,578 patients were screened in states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, MP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa. A cross-sectional survey in an urban slum and surrounding rural areas was conducted to understand the various health hazards affecting the key socio-demographic patterns and the precautionary measures and actions taken if any by the class.
More than 50% of respondents were living in poor housing and unsanitary conditions, besides the burden of communicable diseases and malnutrition (especially in children) and add to the risk of lifestyle diseases. More than 60% sought treatment from private medical facilities for their own ailments. It was found that 35% of the people sought treatment for general health issues, 20% for eye checkups, dental health accounts to 11%, malnutrition 21%, arthritis 8%, cardiac ailments 6%, tuberculosis 7%, gastrointestinal issues 3%, HIV tests 2%, gynecological Problems 4.5% and surgical procedures 3%.
It has been noted that 16% medical cases among all have returned for a follow-up treatment and 23% patients from surgical category out of which 15% of them have been referred to various hospitals under different Government schemes at reduced cost and some of them at free of cost.
The significant less percentage of masses making use of these schemes shows a lack of knowledge or initiative to access health services among slum dwellers and rural population. In Last two years, R. K. HIV has covered 4.5 lac people under the scheme of Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Yojna.
The camp in Mumbai brought together the who’s who of the medical fraternity under one umbrella. Hospitals like JJ, Sion hospital, KEM, Cooper, Dr.DY Patil Medical College and Hospital, Surya hospital along with pharma companies like, Alkem Pharma, Aristo Pharma Ashoka Drugs and Chemicals Pharma Co. and Social organizations like Wockhardt Foundation, Vande Matram, Rizwan Adatia Foundation, NCORD, Swarlipi Charitable Trust, DRVA Charitable Trust, SPAP Media along with Wellness TV & My Dentist supported this noble cause. The mega event was also supported by the Mumbadevi Charitable Trust and Vaishnav Charitable Trust among others.
Throughout the year R K HIV AIDS Research & Care Centre will be undertaking several developmental programs like adopting about 300 villages across India this year.
R K HIV has taken up the mantle to train one lakh women across Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, etc to teach them how to tackle various medical emergencies, health issues, etc.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the mega-event at Surat will also witness the free distribution of medical insurance worth Rs. 2 lakh to every person registered at the Medical camp under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).
More than 50,000 spectacles will also be distributed to the masses.