Annapurna post free medical camp: Flood-affected get treatment

Siraha, August 10:

Some 640 flood-affected persons, including the elderly and handicapped, were provided free medical treatment in a camp organised by the daily Annapurna Post.

On the first day of the camp supported by the Siraha Red Cross, District Hospital and Lahan Nursing Home, people came for treatment leaving aside their rice plantation work.

People from over half a dozen VDCs of the district afflicted with various ailments such as viral fever, pneumonia, typhoid, diarrhoea, dysentery, skin diseases and conjunctivitis were treated on the first day of the camp, said Dr Manoj Thakurel at the camp.

Handicapped 67-year-old Tapeshwori Sudi also came for treatment to the camp at Ramdulari Secondary School in Kalyanpur VDC. She lauded the effort of the organisers saying it was a boon for poor people like her to get free treatment and medicine. She crawled for two hours all the way from Tantlapur to reach the camp.

Resham Das, 84, walked for three hours from Majhauliya VDC to reach the camp, adding that he received much better treatment than he had expected.

Red Cross thanked Annapurna Post for organising the first free medical camp held by a media house. Kalyanpur sub-branch chief of the Red Cross Chandra Dev Yadav lauded Annapurna Post for the yeoman’s service.

The camp opened at 10 am today and medical treatment was rendered to patients till 5 pm.

The age of the patients ranged from eight months old to 85 years. People

from Chatri, Katari, Prasahi, Baniniya, Bhokraha, Majhauliya, Nirdana, Chikna, Dumri, Bishnupur, Kalyanpur and other VDCs of the district came to the camp for treatment.

District leaders of the eight political parties, officials of the administration and police, human rights activists, media persons lent their cooperation in running the camp. Kalyanpur VDC lies 35 km south of the district headquarters. The camp will run tomorrow also and over 2,000 persons are expected to come for treatment.