Rangpuri Medical Camp Report

Rangpuri Medical Camp Report

On the 25th of April, 2015, Ritinjali organised a general wellness cum cancer awareness camp in Rangpuri Pahari slum, near Mahipalpur. The object of this camp was to make people aware of the hazards of local pollution such as burning of leaves and other organic materials. Additionally, the importance of daily sanitation and hygiene was also touched upon. While these served as a precursor to the lecture-demonstration the conversation veered towards cancer awareness and sexual wellness, once the people were interested in and accepting towards the initiative.

The lecture demonstration was led by two distinguished doctors, Dr Savita Nagpal, a pathologist and private practitioner of repute and Dr Kavita Katoch, an established gynecologist at Holy Angels Hospital and Fortis. Dr Nagpal broke the ice with what started as a diffident crowd and soon whetted their appetites by speaking about the ills of local pollution by way of plastics and burning of leaves. She impressed the importance of using footwear especially for children for they are prone to infection through skin pores and nails. Once the attention of the crowd was captive, she moved on to speak about breast cancer and informed the women of easy ways to detect it. To make her narrative understandable, she used a projector and explained images through projection.

Post Dr Nagpal’s address, Dr Katoch spoke to the people about female foeticide and cervical cancer. She also espoused the use of contraceptives by men such that unwanted pregnancies may be prevented. She informed the crowd of the fatal hazards to cervical cancer and encouraged them to visit hospitals for as regular checkups as possible. While the doctors’ address’ were well received by the residents of Rangpuri, a special address was still in store for them in the form of a couple which spoke about how their two daughters have excelled at studies and how they have supported their aspirations. These young girls themselves addressed the crowd and the impact of their speeches was apparent. Another resident spoke about how he tackled his wife’s mal-pregnancy by way of conception of foetus outside the uterus. He said a timely ultrasound may prevent severe medical injury even death, in this case.

The medical camp concluded successfully and people even requested the doctors to hold more such camps. As a gesture of goodwill Ritinjali distributed Frooti and sweets to children and looks forward to arranging more such camps in other places of its activity, such as Kusumpur and Nathupur in Vasant Vihar and Gurgaon respectively.