NSS, IIT Roorkee organised a free health check-up camp in the village Sherpur situated on the National Highway- 58, on the 17th of March 2013. The camp began by 10 a.m., with the arrival of Dr. C.S. Grover (Eye Specialist, Abhilasha Eye Hospital) and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar (Dental Surgeon, Dental Square, IIT Hospital) who provided there services free of cost for the well being of village people.
NSS volunteers also conducted a publicity drive on the eve of the camp in the villages of Majra and Sherpur. They did door to door publicity in all the houses.
The villagers took great interest in the camp, with most of them coming even with their entire families. They came to know about their health status in a detailed manner after the check-up. The camp was concluded at 4 p.m.
Both esteemed doctors showed interest in knowing about the activities conducted by NSS. Dr. C.S. Grover congratulated NSS for the efforts being put up to make lives better for villages nearby IIT Roorkee in the best possible way. He also said that he was very delighted to be a part of the camp. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar suggested ways to conduct a much better and more organised health camp for the next time. The Pradhan of Sherpur village also congratulated NSS for its efforts and said that the continuous activities that are being conducted by NSS in these villages have helped a lot in bringing up changes.
Villagers also appeared to be satisfied by the services provided by the doctors, and they also had the appreciative words for NSS, IIT Roorkee.
There were some issues also that came up:
1. Most of the people suffered from Pyorrhoea.
2. Many old people had Cataract disease.
3. A villager told that when they go to chemists with the prescriptions that are provided to them by the doctors, they are sold expired/outdated medicines, because of their illiteracy.
4. This time free medicines could not be provided to villagers.
This camp was like an initiation, a first step. From the next time, it will be tried that we organize a bigger and better health camp, so that the disadvantaged masses could remain healthy!!!