Mhalunge, a small village near Pune, Maharashtra, has been surrounded by hills. The geographical location is such, that if a person falls ill and required immediate medical help. Then, the nearest primary health centre is 10 kilometres away.
With no road accessibility, it nearly becomes difficult to take the person to the nearest healthcare centre. And if the illness is major then the territory health centre is 50 kilometres away.
People living in the tribal areas, find it very difficult to access the healthcare facilities. So, in order to help the poor people with the medical aid, an NGO from Pune has stepped forward.
The NGO named Jan Aarogya Manch, Pune, has started an Out Patient Department (OPD) in this small village. On each Sunday, the OPD starts at 11 am, and then goes till 4 pm. Around 50 odd patients attend the OPD.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Aruna Laddha said, “We have been organising health camps in Ambegaon Tehsil. During one of the camp, we came to know that the villagers from Mhalunge are not getting required medical facilities. So, we started an OPD here on the name of Late Dr Shekhar Bendre. Dr Bendre used to guide these tribal people for the healthcare facilities.”
Dr Laddha further added, “We don’t charge fees from the patients. Our OPD is consultation is absolutely free. There are no jobs opportunities in the areas. So, we decided to give free OPDs to them. 50-60 doctors from Jan Aarogya Manch, visit the village every Sunday. We examine around 50 odd patients.”
Dr Lata Shep, Dr Anup Laddha and Dr Dnyaneshwar Mote, have been playing an active role in this campaign, the NGO stated.
Dr Aruna says, “The most satisfying thing is that the villagers cook food for the doctors as a way of expressing their gratitude. Now, we are planning to extend this service to the other villages as well.”