More than 2,400 people attended the special medical camps organised by four government hospitals on Tuesday to commemorate Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s 66th birthday that falls on February 24. In total, the health and family welfare department is organising 660 special medical camps throughout the State.
About 120 doctors, including specialists from 24 departments, were part of the camp organised by Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. From 8 am to 4 pm, the camp screened about 1,623 people including 962 men and 661 women.
All of them underwent basic tests to check blood pressure, pulse rate, heart rate, BMI and ultrasound for abdomen. Blood and urine samples were collected and people would be intimated about their test reports later. Some others at the camp were referred for further treatment at the government hospital.
About 410 women registered at a camp organised by the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in a health centre at Pudupet. A senior doctor said that both antenatal and gynaecological issues that woman are affected by were tested for, with 52 of them being referred for further treatment at the hospital. “We screened about 100 women for cancer of the cervix and asked them to come a week later to collect their reports. We had brought the ultrasound machine to the camp venue for this purpose,” the doctor said.
Women also underwent other basic tests to check their haemoglobin count, blood glucose, HIV and other criteria.
The camp organised by the Government Institute of Child Health at the community hall in Royapettah saw about 270 children undergoing all basic tests. The Government Ophthalmic Hospital too organised a camp in an urban health centre at Egmore, which saw about 110 people. 15 of them, who came to the camp, were referred for cataract surgery at the hospital.