Chandrapur is a small district in Eastern Maharashtra founded by Khandkya Ballal Sah, a Gond king of the 13th century located approximately 30 kms from the very famous Tadoba Tiger Reserve. It is the only state in Maharashtra which still houses the Gondi tribe. The district is infamous for Naxalites. With an economy primarily dependent on mining, it still remains severely under developed.
Our ground work had highlighted that excessive tobacco consumption has led to severe dental problem, with many of them being at a pre-cancerous stage (9 out of 10 men here consume ghutka). Many women suffer from chronic body pain and gynecological ailments. Malnutrition has led to stunted growth and low immunity in children. With limited access to quality medical facilities, residents here are exposed to increased health risks.
Keeping this need in mind, Ratna Nidhi in association with MK and KZ Shah Foundation & ACC Trust organized a mega medical camp from 17th to 23rd December 2019, with an aim to impact 10,000 beneficiaries in Chandrapur.
The camp provided free Artificial Prosthetics for the disabled, Physiotherapy treatments, Cataract surgeries, Vision Correction and Spectacle donation, Cancer screening & Treatment, Pediatric consultations, Diagnostic tests conducted by IIT patented devices, Blood pressure and Sugar checkup, Dental care treatment and General Check Ups for low income groups who cannot afford quality medical service.
Besides these treatments garments, notebooks, goggles, ball pens, samosas, bananas and tea was also provided to the beneficiaries attending the camp in huge numbers.
The camp got together government officials, corporates, NGOs, volunteers and was a brilliant example of collaboration among different stakeholders. Doctors and volunteers traveled all the way from London and Mumbai to provide their services. The spirit of volunteering was seen in its purest form. Thousands of women, children and men turned up at the camp every single day and went back with a smile on their face.
The inauguration event of the camp was attended by Mr Kurien, National Business Head, ACC; Mr.Vamsidhar 4 Reddy, Plant Director, ACC Chanda Cement Works; Mr. Satyajit Amle, Police in charge, Ghughus - Chandrapur; Mukesh Shah, Trustee, MK & KZ Shah Foundation; Rajiv Mehta, Trustee, Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust and Vijay Khati, GM-HR & CSR (west & south), ACC.
The camp was a terrific success and highlighted the tremendous need for quality healthcare services to be provided in rural India. Ratna Nidhi pledges to continue this journey and scale camps like these to more disadvantaged and rural people in India.
She suffers from Cerebral Palsy since childhood. Due to poverty they were unable to show her to a doctor. A wheelchair was donated to her which came as a relief for her family to move her around and our team has promised to fund her treatment at a private clinic.
Kishtaya had his teeth checked as he was experiencing pain since several months. Our dental team referred him to Wardha college for free surgery which would otherwise cost him 8 lakh rupees.
She studies in Grade 10 and lives with her parents and elder brother. She was experiencing eye pain for a few weeks and after her testing was prescribed with spectacles. Using her new spectacles, she is able to read comfortably and even read things from a distance.
Despite being 13 years old, looks 10-year-old due to weak body frame. She suffers from frequent fever, headache, cold and cough. The pediatricians advised her to have multi vitamin supplements and other medicines. The medicines were provided for free.