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Surgical Camp at Melghat

December 28, 2012 divider image

Last weekend (22nd and 23rd December 2012), though nearing the fag end of the year, was the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Rotary Club of Nagpur.

Four Rotarians Dr. Surajit Hazra, Dr. Rajesh Singhania, Kapil Sutaria and me were urgently summoned by our President to answer to an SOS call by Dr. Ashish Satav of Mahatma Gandhi Adivasi Dawakhana, Melghat to conduct some surgeries there. Our club has been conceptualizing a medical camp on the lines for Hemalkasa since some time, of course on a smaller scale. Shiv Kumar Rao has been coordinating with Dr. Satav since the last few months and this visit by 2 Doctors and two non-medical Rotarians was supposed to be an exploratory visit with the medial camp in mind. However when Dr. Satav learned that we were visiting he lined up some cases for us, which were deftly handled by our doctors.

We left at 3 pm on Saturday the 22nd December. En-route we discussed on what was to be done on reaching there. The doctors were quite apprehensive about conducting surgeries, as they were unaware about the amenities and facilities available there.

The journey itself was pleasant as the roads were good. The last 80 kms. were entirely ghats. We reached the Village Utavali, in Dharni Tehsil of Melghat in complete darkness; the only lights were from the Diesel generator of Dr. Satav’s hospital. We were welcomed by Dr. Satav and immediately taken to his home, where the doctors were engaged in discussions on how they would be handling the cases the next day. After discussion and dinner we retired for the night.

The next day our doctors started on surgeries and Kapil and me set out to explore the non- medical aspects for the next proposed medical camp. There was very little accommodation available in the hospital per se and only 2 to 4 people could stay at the premises. At Dharni (about 9 kms) we located a PWD rest house, which had four large bedrooms. This could accommodate about 15-16 people with extra beds, which could easily be arranged. Fellowship and food could also be arranged at the rest house. There was a general shortage of electricity and water. Power was available only for a few hours.

The doctors could successfully complete all the allotted the surgeries by 4 on Sunday and we left for Nagpur from Utavali by 6 pm and reached Nagpur late at Night.

– Rajesh Datar

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