Over 300 porters, families visit free health camp

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, February 26:

More than 300 porters and their families from Kalimati, Bhotebahal and surrounding areas benefited from a health camp organised today by Helping Hands Nepal (HHN) with support from Kalimati Fruit and Vegetable Development Committee. The daylong camp was managed by five doctors comprising three general physicians, and one gynaecologist and dentist each.

Public health manager of HHN, Binjwala Shrestha, said, “Our camp aims at creating awareness about general health and at providing service to those who do not have access to health facilities.” Shrestha said that unless there is a serious health problem, such people do not go for regular check-up. The camp also provided services to the porters’ families. Necessary medicine was given free of cost, while some serious cases were referred for further treatment at hospitals.

Nar Bahadur Basnet from Dolakha, who was suffering from stomach pains, was given medicine for gastric problem and had a tooth pulled out. “I hope to get better with these medicines,” he said.

Executive member of HHN, Dr Gupta Bahadur Shrestha, said, “Heavy loads, unhygienic food and water, bad economic conditions and ignorance regarding health issues are the reasons behind their health problems.” He added they share common problems due to their nature of work and lifestyle. Figures from last year’s camp show the common health problems are gastric, fever, headache, skin, back and joint aches, diarrohea and dental. Porters from early teens to their mid-sixties underwent check-up.