- IMA National awards are presented every year to various IMA members/medical persons of repute for their distinguished and outstanding services to the profession during the last year.
- Dr Amit Maydeo, the director of Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences (BIDS), Global Hospital, Mumbai received the prestigious IMA Dr Jyoti Prashad Ganguli Memorial Award for distinguished record of selfless community service in rural areas at the 78th National Congress of IMA that was held in Mumbai.
- In January this year, Dr Maydeo’s BIDS launched Janta OPD for poor patients. The aim of the Janta OPD is to provide holistic and affordable healthcare solutions for the patients, who are below poverty line. As per the initiative, patients with orange or yellow ration card will be charged Rs 100 for the consultation.
Dr Amit Maydeo, the director of Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences (BIDS), Global Hospital, Mumbai said, “The main issue is the infrastructure. Because of growing medical technology and science the doctors cannot work in the rural areas as, they do not get adequate facilities. That’s why; they shy away from going to the rural areas. However, the trend is changing. In the last five years, qualified doctors for example; in gastroenterology go to the interiors and settle in places like Latur, Phaltan, Nanded and so on.”
He added, “Since last 15 to 25 years, this has been my practice to contact the doctors in the rural areas, go there and treat the patients. I conduct camps and provide treatment to the rural patients in Mumbai, by giving them special services and affordable treatment.”
Taking forward his zeal to serve in the rural areas, Dr Amit Maydeo is planning to launch a rural mobile health service. “I am planning to launch a rural mobile health service with the help of the van. A group of doctors will go to the rural areas and will conduct clinical camps. It will also have a dish antenna so that I can see it from wherever I am. I will also do an e-consultation. I also hope that the young doctors will go in the rural areas and practice.”