Vaginal infection, anemia, diarrhea, malnutrition and cataract are some of the major health conditions which are highly prevalent in some villages of Haryana and Rajasthan. This came to notice in medical camps organized recently by doctors of Vivekananda Health Mission (VHM), an NGO of young doctors.
VHM is a body of 40 doctors which provides free treatment to people living in villages and slums areas. It also distributes free blankets. Health issues, including vaginal infection, anemia, diarrhea, malnutrition and cataract were observed by doctors in villages of Rewari (Haryana), Alwar (Rajasthan) and various slums in Delhi.
Dr Neeraj Yadav, Founder, VHM, told DTMT that vaginal infection, including white discharge, is highly prevalent in young females. Despite being affected with vaginal infection, the girls don’t get treatment due to lack of awareness and lack of healthcare services in these villages.
Dr Yadav added that if the woman or a young girl continues to live with vaginal infection, she may get affected with polycystic ovary syndrome and this infection can even cause cervical cancer.
“Similarly, elders are affected with cataract while children suffer from diarrhea and malnutrition. They continue to live with these diseases and do not bother about treatment,” explained Dr Yadav.
“The motto of VHM is to provide free treatment and medicines to poor villagers. We plan to expand our work across India. We are a group of 40 doctors guided by senior doctors including Dr Nidhi Khera, Senior Gynecologist of Apollo Cradle-Delhi, Dr Manish Bhushan Pandey of Balaji Action Hospital, Delhi, and Dr Rakshit Garg, CMO, Sushrut Trauma Centre, Delhi,” explained Dr Yadav.
Since 2015, VHF has organized more than sixty health camps in the villages of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and slums of Delhi.
VHF has also set up a three-story healthcare centre in Nehrugarh village of Rewari. The expense of free consultation and medicines etc are paid from the salary of doctors.
Dr Yogendra Sahu, Member, VHM, said that many patients who come to Delhi for treatment can be treated near their residence in Haryana and Rajasthan. “There is a need that more doctors should come forward and join us,” added Dr Sahu.