The 10th annual multi-disciplinary mega health camp was held for the rural population of Bhilwara district in Rajasthan during two weeks in September 2012.
The day-long free health camp is organised ever year in association with Jain Sabha Women’s Wing to cater to the rural poor living in the vicinity of Shahpura, with a particular focus on women and children. It caters to 100 villages in the vicinity, comprising of a population of over 20,000. The area has only one government dispensary and in case of critical medical attention, a patient has to be taken to Bhilwara for further treatment. Every year, thousands of people visit this health camp to avail the services.
The three-month camp was conducted in 500-bed make-shift hospital, with provisions for diagnosis, medicines, food, accommodation and surgical care. More than 100 doctors and paramedical staff specialised in surgery, ophthalmology, gynaecology, orthopaedics, general medicine, E.N.T., anaesthesia, radiology, paediatrics, and pathology provided voluntary services at the camp.
During the period, around 3807 beneficiaries, including women and children, availed the services. Preparations of the health camp start months ahead of the actual event to ensure smooth execution of the programme. Besides the relentless service by the Jain Sabha Women’s Wing, the state government also lends its mobile surgical unit for the service of the people.