Organising health camps is one of the strategies adopted by government and non government organisations in India. I have generally observed that many times, a health camp run by a private hospital. The poor attend the camp with the aim of free check-ups and free treatment. When they do not get free treatment or relief for treatment expense they sometimes stop showing interest, whether it is beneficial for them or not. And the most important gap observed in remote rural area is organisations stop doing follow-ups, despite it being a key way to help rural people understand and access the right kind of care. So for us while organising health camps doing follow-ups becomes one of the important section in quality of health camps.
Either aimed programme without quality services or an activity without follow up will never improve the health status of the community people. This will not develop trust between the community and the organisation. Therefore as an organisation we had organised an eye camp and at the same time we have not ignore to maintain quality in it.
We conducted one day free eye camp in Hunar Ghar premises on 20th November. It was organised by Global Hospital, Mount Abu. Before camp we took up publicity through three different strategies; first was announcement in different hamlets, second distribution of leaflets and third team divided in two pair and conduct home visit to give information about eye camp. Two days advance of camp we started publicity.
The camp programme began on time, as a result of two days publicity we were able to mobilise 96 patients. All the patients were registered with their name and address. The camp on until to 2:30 pm. Of the patients seen 20 were registered for further treatment or cataract operation. 200 children of Hunar Ghar School were seen during camp. Free medicine was distributed to all patients. Spectacles also provided from hospital.
Doctor teach some exercise for all to improve vision and recommended to do this exercise with children every day at least for 5 minutes which will help children and for all for good vision and for good eyes.
I have never been at any health or eye camp of our projects before. I was both nervous and excited for the camp. One by one people came to check their eyes. Some old ladies and gentlemen had come to the eye camp by themselves; some were watch by their children.
After the screening when some refer for operation quite a few people asked me again and again ‘Do really operation doing for free to me?’ The happiness in their smiles and blessings they give me, I will not forget. This was a precious moment to me.
The eye camp program for the community has increased the trust on us and our work. The people from the community are demanding for more such program.