It will be ten years now, since around 150 doctors from Pune would be providing free medical service on the day of Ganesh Visarjan (immersion). Doctors from different private hospitals in Pune have come forward on a voluntary basis to offer this service during the last day of the Ganesh festival.
Belbag Chowk, Alka Chowk, SP College Chowk, Appa Balwant Chowk, Swargate Chowk, Abhinav Chowk are the major points in the city where temporary clinics set-up to cater to medical emergencies during the procession. Two moving ambulances are also kept ready on this day.
These doctors have come together under an initiative titled ‘Pune Police Vighnaharta Nyas Foundation,’ a non-governmental organisation from Pune, which works for different social issues in the city.
Dr Milind Bhoi, trustee of Vighnaharta Nyas Foundation, said, “It is our tenth year. There are many casualties who are reported during the procession on tenth day and it is essential to provide timely help in such cases. Every year, around 150 doctors from the city, come together to offer their voluntary services.”
Dr Shantanu Jagdale, an intensive care consultant from the city, who is offering his service since the last ten years, said, “Stroke related cases and minor fractures are the most common cases that we treat during this period. It is very satisfactory to give these patients the timely treatment. We wish more and more doctors come forward for the cause.”