‘Doctors for Seva’

published on April 21, 2012

1)A project that provides health services to deprived sections of society in and around Bengaluru, has decided to extend operations to Gulbarga district, Karnataka. According to Sinu Joseph of the Youth for Seva Trust, the trust had decided to first concentrate on Afzalpur taluk where health parameters were low. Started in June 2010, Doctors for Seva project comprises a team of medical professionals who are willing to provide medical service on a voluntary basis.

While the team of paediatricians, dentists, gynaecologists, surgeons, psychiatrists, pharmacists, diagnostic labs, general & speciality hospitals, medical and dental colleges and students, a large number of non-medical volunteers assist in coordinating its various projects and activities. In Bengaluru, the trust, with the help of a network of doctors and hospitals, provides voluntary services to economically backward sections of society. There are 53 doctors and 27 hospitals who provide health services in Bengaluru schools and slums. As per government records, Aland and Afzalpur taluks had no specialists in government hospitals.


With an objective of providing healthcare and creating health awareness among the vanavasi brethren residing in the remote regions of Aheri, Etapalli, Bhamragarh and Mulchera regions of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, Dr Hedgewar Janmashatabdi Seva Samiti started a mobile dispensary in 1988 to mark the centenary year of RSS founder Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. The samiti adopts one major village situated in the remote region where government aid cannot reach and provides healthcare to the people in the surrounding region. Petha village in Etapalli taluka, Kishtapur in Mulchera, Nagulwahi, Kolpalli, Guddigudam in Aheri taluka, and a number of villages in Bhamragarh taluka have been benefitted by this project. The mobile clinic is being run by Dr Suresh Dambole from Aheri. Required medicines are arranged free of cost by seva samiti karyakartas. People from the region constructed a building for running this clinic regularly at Petha through shramdaan. About 1500 patients are examined and treated per month through this mobile clinic. Patients affected by chronic ailments need to be shifted to the hospitals at Nagpur and Chandrapur in case of casualty. A woman needs complete healthcare during pregnancy. Meena Mattami, Sheetal Weladi, Munni Atram from the village have been given Arogya Rakshika training. Pregnant women in the village are regularly examined and are given necessary healthcare by these Arogya Rakshikas. ( www.newsbharati.com)


The national conference of National Medicos Organisation (NMO) was organised in Patna recently. The two-day conference was attended by over 500 doctors from 15 states. The conference expressed concern over the growing commercial mentality among medical practioners and appealed to them to take up the profession as sewavrati and not as a businessman.

Addressing the conference, organised at RSB Auditorium of Patna Medical College and Hospital, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Sushil Modi expressed concern over the shortage of doctors in the country. “India produces hardly 30,000 doctors every year, whereas we need about six lakh doctors and nurses. On the other hand, China produces 1.75 lakh doctors every year. Another problem in India is that majority of the doctors do not want to practice in rural areas,” he said.

Earlier, Health Minister of Bihar Shri Ashwini Kumar Chaube inaugurated the conference. Noted medico Dr SN Arya, Dr Narendra Prasad, Dr Shanti Rai, national president of NMO Dr Pawan Agrawal and national secretary Dr Satish Mishra also addressed the conference.

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