NATIONAL Medicos Organisation (NMO), Sewa Bharati, Purbanchal, and Sewa International have jointly started a unique project?The Dhanvantari Sewa Yatra?to cater to the medical needs of the people living in the north-east region. Under the project, free health care camps are organised in the remotest Vanvasi villages by the doctors and paramedical voluntary workers belonging to reputed medical colleges of the country. This year two Yatras were undertaken in the first week of May. The first Yatra that began from Guwahati on May 3 had five teams of 10 doctors belonging to Benaras Hindu University. The team of Dr Vijay Upadhyaya and Dr Girish Mishra left for Halflong (NC Hills). The second team of Dr Ankur Singh and Dr Naba Gopal left for Nagaland. The third team of Dr Sarveshwar Yadav and Dr Prashant left for Garo Hills (Meghalaya). The fourth team of Dr Ram Kumar Aggrawal and Dr Gopal Das Gupta left for Khasi Hills (Meghalaya) and the fifth team of Dr Rajesh Chaturvedi and Dr Anil Tripathi left for Lakhimpur (Tea Garden/Mismi Vanvasis).
All these five teams treated a total of 4,029 patients including 1,701 male and 2,328 female patients in 128 villages. All the teams returned Guwahati on May 9.
The second Yatra also began from Guwahati on May 3. This Yatra consisted of 23 doctors belonging to Benaras Hindu University, Agra Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College and Guru Teg Bahadur Medical College, New Delhi and one research scholar from Swami Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Wayanad (Kerala). The doctors of this group were divided into 10 teams. The first team of Dr Anuj Singhal and Dr Jeetendra Gupta left for Dibrugarh. The second team of Dr Pankaj Gupta and Dr Prakash Jha left for Lakhimpur. The third team of Dr Ranjeet, Dr Anil Tripathi and Dr Vikas left for Karbi Anglong. The fourth team of Dr S. Yadav and Dr Ravi Shankar Singh left for N.C. Hills. The fifth team of Dr Nitin Rastogi and Dr Satyapal Singh left for Tezpur. The sixth team of Dr Nav Gopal and Dr Vinayak left for Kokrajhar. The seventh team of Dr Sandeep Jha and Dr Atul Chuhan left for Arunachal Pradesh. The eighth team of Dr Arvind Gupta, Dr Sanjoy Gupta and Dr Rajeev Lochan Modi left for East Khasi Hills (Meghalaya). The ninth team of Dr Rupesh and Dr Ravishankar left for Garo Hills (Meghalaya) and the tenth team of Dr Chandra Shekhar and Dr Girish Mishra left for Nagaland.
These teams treated a total of 8,985 patients including 3,962 males and 5,023 females. Patients from 294 villages visited the 51 health camps organised by these teams in 15 districts. These teams returned Guwahati on May 10 and along with the doctors of the other Yatra, they were accorded a warm welcome by the doctors of Guwahati Medical College and also the distinguished people of the city. The welcome meet was presided over by Dr Narendra Nath Dutta, director of Down-Town Hospital, Guwahati, and Shri Jyoti Prakash Rajkhowa, former Chief Secretary of Assam Government, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Krishan Gopal, Kshetra Pracharak of RSS, was the chief speaker. The doctors also narrated their experience with the villagers. Everybody appreciated the devotion of these guest doctors.