KOCHI: ‘Saukhyam’ super specialty medical camp, an initiative by Hibi Eden MLA, was held at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.
More than 7,000 persons took part in the camp, which was inaugurated by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. “Saukhyam’ is a commendable effort in the current scenario wherein the poor are often denied specialty treatment because of financial constraints,” the Minister said.
A total of 350 doctors, around 450 nurses and 100 technicians from 27 hospitals in the district participated in the camp, which started at 8:00 am. The services of ‘Sanjeevani’, the mobile cancer detection tele-medicine unit of the Malabar Cancer Care Society; the mobile dental unit of Amrita Hospital; the tele-medicine unit of Malabar Gold; and the mobile hearing unit of Little Flower Hospital were made available to the public. At the camp, arrangements were made for ECG, eco-cardiogram, pulmonary function testing and blood examination of the patients. “As many as 500 patients will be provided the facilities of angiogram and MRI scan as part of follow-up treatment,” said a press statement from the MLA’s office.
A follow-up counter was set up at the camp for collecting details of patients who need further treatment. A ‘single window’ was arranged to assist patients in availing benefits of the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The patients who need further treatment will be intimated by the organisers.
K V Thomas MP; Mayor Tony Chammany; MLAs Benny Behanan and Dominic Presentation; District Collector M G Rajamanickam and district medical officer K V Beena, among others, were present at the inaugural function, which was presided over by Hibi Eden.
The camp was organised in association with Cochin Shipyard Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Kochi.