It is not uncommon that in emergency blood is needed and there is a scarcity of blood especially in summer. For poor people it is extremely difficult to purchase the blood for its high prices. So keeping these factors in mind our organisation organizes blood donation camps in rural areas.
A cancer screening camp was organised last month at Pancharul in Howrah district of West Bengal. This has been a joint effort in partnership with Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata. A team from the Institute came for the cancer screening . Women from age of 35-55 attended the camp.In India , it has been observed that among women, Cervical, Breast and Oral cancers are the three main causes of cancer related illnesses and death. In the rural areas the percentage of death relating to cancer is much higher as most of the cases goes unnoticed due to lack of infrastructure for detection of cancer. Our aim was to make these economically disadvantaged women aware of the decease and to screen them so that if there is any positive case detected, that cases can be taken forward for further treatment. On that day about 75 attended that camp but due to time constraint we could able to screen about 42 women. The result shows that among those women we have screened, 4 of them detected positive. These positive cases will now be taken to Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital , Kolkata for their treatment. We have been so far taken up various health related issues and gone to the extent of helping the poor by providing them of proper treatment for their illness and last month has been no exception to that. After this inspiring effort we have planned to roll-out the screening camp to other areas also. Next month we have planned to organise the screening camp at Udaynarayanpur in Howrah District.
We at Village Group have introduced the Out Patient Clinic (OPC) in few of the VFS working areas. These OPCs are providing medical services to the patients by qualified medical practitioners. All pathological investigations including blood test, USG, ECG are provided in cheaper rate. The patients of remote locality those who are not staying in the vicinity of the OPC we have arranged Mobile Clinic for them. A doctor visits and sets up a camp 2 days a week during specific hours of day.
In the month of March, 2017, VFS organized medical camps in collaboration with JCI. 6 medical Camps were conducted at Kolaghat, Haripal, Jangipara, Champadanga, Khanakul and Jirat areas under Sheorafuli Region, Hooghly and 4 Medical Camps were conducted at Golabari, Benki, Gaighata and Baduria areas under Barasat Region, North 24 Parganas. Medicines were distributed in 10 camps.
So far, VFS through this activity has reached out to 1639 patient. It gave us immense pleasure to aid the underprivileged and give back to our homeland through VFS.