Guwahati, July 20: A health awareness and free medical camp were organized at IIT Guwahati, by National Medicos Organization (NMO) and Seva Bharati, Purbanchal, in association with Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Cell, IIT Guwahati.

The health camp was attended by about 200 contractual outsourced support staff, domestic helpers, small shop staff, etc.

Chairperson, Assam state commission for child rights, Dr. Sunita Changkakati, said, ‘It is essential to observe COVID SOP, vaccinate citizens, reduce the impact of Covid and prevent future spread of this pandemic’.

Prof. TG Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati was elated by this free medical camp and mentioned that ‘Pandemic has brought back the age-old Indian hygienic tradition of Namaste instead of handshake’.

Professor Sitharam also added that ‘IIT Guwahati has set up School of health sciences and Technology (SHST) at IIT Guwahati for the medical-related post-graduate program already”. Along with that, setting up a state-of-the-art model super specialty hospital in the immediate future is also being discussed to serve the larger interest of the people of northeast and east India.

The main purpose of setting up the health science and technology school and a hospital by the institute is to fulfill its commitment to deliver cutting-edge medical research-based education and technology development, healthcare innovation, primary healthcare workers training cum services and capacity building.’

Former additional director of health, Assam, and advisor to National Medicos Organization, Assam, Dr. Bidyawati Das, said, ‘We are slowly recovering from the second wave of Covid, and in the event of a likely third wave, we all should be extra cautious. Following strict healthy habits, and keeping good health are of utmost importance.’

CA Pradip Kumar Mahata, Secretary, Seva Bharati, Guwahati, while thanking Prof. TG Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, mentioned that this kind of support in organizing the health camp at a renowned institute IIT Guwahati provides enormous faith among the citizens for assessing best medical facilities at their doorstep free of cost’.

Regional Coordinator, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT Guwahati, Prof. Konjengbam Darunkumar Singh, observed that ‘It is the first time that National Medics Organization and Seva Bharati have come together to organize a health camp, here in IIT Guwahati. Many people have benefited from the health camp. Considering the large turnout of people, we hope to organize many more such health camps in the future for enhancing the overall health of the citizens.’

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Dr. Archana Sharma, National Organizing Secretary, National Medicos Organization, said ‘The mission of our team of dedicated doctors and staff (National Medicos Organization) is to serve the needy people. The health camp is one of the best ways of assisting people who require health attention and we are delighted by the support we get from IIT Guwahati’.

A visibly very happy participant remarked, ‘Such free health camps should be organized frequently, so that, needy and less privileged people like us benefit.