With an aim to make healthcare accessible to all, a free-health screening was organised in the state on November 4 by the State Charity Commission. The objective of this drive was to educate the underprivileged about the health benefits and schemes available for them at trust run hospitals across the city.
Doctors from 43 member hospitals of AOH like Jaslok Hospital, Lilavati Hospital, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, P.D. Hinduja Hospital, Bhatia Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay Hospital, Sir H.N. Hospital, L.H. Hiranandani Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Sushrut hospital and research centre, Holy Spirit Hospital, MGM Vashi Hospital, Swami Sarvanand Hospital and Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Research Institute, conducted free camps on the streets of the city to provide free health check-up to 7324 people living in slum area and on the streets.
The camp covered the entire Mumbai and MMR region using the services of 75 ambulances that covered 98 locations across the city. Each member hospitals on an average conducted these health check-up camps in two locations and in some cases three locations. Post health check-up, around 80 patients were then admitted in member hospitals.
Commenting the initiatives Dr PM Bhujang, President, Association of Hospitals said “Initiatives like these help us break the myth amongst the poor and economically weak that Trust hospitals are not meant for them. With activities like these we aim to bring down the gap and provide an equal opportunity for the poor to take the services from the member hospitals of AOH. People on streets, slum-dwellers who otherwise may hesitate to come to us, would become more open to approach us for medical services and they can step into any of the Trust hospitals without any hesitation under Indigent Patient scheme.”