Sewa Bharati Jammu & Kashmir organises Medical Camp
As the massive floods ravaged Jammu and Kashmir in first week of September 2014, Sewa Bharti, J&K actively worked in relief and rescue operations from day one with all its volunteers.
Sewa Bharti, J&K in association with National Medico Association (NMO) organized several medical health camps in J&K, with very experienced team of doctors like Dr. C. B. Tripathi, head of the department and Dr. Nrendra Paliwal, a lecturer of Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, Dr. Shruti Tandon, ICU Specialist, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, a team of doctors from Hedgewar Rugnalaya of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, doctors from Vivekanand Hospital in Latur, Maharashtra, Banaras Hindu University, Army College of Medical Sciences, BJ Medical College, Pune, Government Medical College, Sonipat, Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, Government Medical College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Medical College, Coimbatore, Medical Services Jammu and Kashmir, Goa Medical Services, Goa and many more from different states of India.
Team of Doctors, volunteers from other states of India and local volunteers of Sewa Bharti J&K (teachers of its Ekal Vidyalayas) having a group photograph on the last day of the health camps organized just after the flood hit J&K state. — with Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
More then 100 health camps have been conducted at 75+ places and more than 17000 registered patients have been treated by 68 doctors. 278 local volunteers and 76 volunteers from other states of India have participated in the cause. Every team of doctors and external volunteers was working with local volunteers of Sewa Bharti (teachers of its Ekal Vidyalayas) in different districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Their local arrangements for the camps and their accommodation were organized by the local volunteers only. Some of the villages where the camps took place were known as the fortresses of the separatists and the militants. In all the health camps, local volunteers contributed greatly and played a lion’s role in organizing these camps and its smooth functioning. The village Sarpanch and Deputy Sarpanchas also played their roles in peaceful conduction of the camps. They also played the role of translator where there was difficulty of language.
After the camps were over, the doctors and the volunteers expressed their feelings and expressions. While speaking about their experiences, the doctors and local volunteers stated that they heartily participated in the camps and were proud to be involved in these efforts. They were lovingly welcomed by the village families. The doctors successfully overcome language and cultural barriers via local volunteers. A few doctors were little shocked when they saw old boards such as 'Indian dogs go back'; but they were surprised by their actual experience. Here they were almost feeling that it was their new home. When the camps concluded, both the hosts as well as the doctors were in tears, such was the nature of relation that was built between them. Most of the doctors stated that they had such warm times with the villagers that it became difficult to depart from there.
Even the government also took a note of these medical camps and appreciated them. The doctors were overwhelmed by the hospitality shown by the villagers. Even in damaged and small houses, they warmly prepared staying arrangements for the doctors and made them feel at home there. They treated the doctors as family members.
Before the camps, almost every doctor had a lot of questions in mind about the circumstances in Kashmir. But long before completion of the camps, almost all concerns in their minds were themselves resolved. Earlier they were very much apprehensive about working in Kashmir. It was evident from some of the doctor's statements like: "I have given my policies to my family before coming here"; "I thought if one day anyway I've to die let it be so by serving people and for the sake of the country"; "When I told my mother that I am going to Kashmir, she asked, are you crazy about your life?" But, on the last day of the camp, the doctors were satisfied when they said, "People of Kashmir are very simple; but they are misguided by the politicians and Government of India's confused outlook on Kashmir."
The overall feedback of the doctors was that the relief work through such camps was the need of the hour and also a very progressive step taken by Sewa Bharti to enhance the situation in Kashmir. All the doctors have stated with assurance that they would always be with Sewa Bharti in such initiatives of humanity for Jammu and Kashmir in future too.
Salute to the solidarity of all the doctors and the volunteers who actually believed in Karma (action) and participated Nishmkaam (selflessly) for the sake of humanity!