The 28th of August, 2016 – a usual lazy Sunday morning for most of the Bengalureans, but quite the contrary The Concerned for Working Children with the support of volunteers of PES University BBA – Student Social Responsibility Club, SwastikSewa Trust and Nethradhama providing for a free Basic Medical Camp for one of the communities of migrant labourers; located at Nagawaraplaya near Gopalan mall, Old Madras road, Bengaluru; who are the most vulnerable portion of urban poor population and are excluded from essential services like health care, clean water, sanitation, education, electricity, etc.,also subjected to exploitation. They are forced to live in unhygienic settlement near drainages or garbage dump-yards which makes them susceptible to many diseases like dengue, malaria, dysentery, etc. Also, due to poor economic situation they don’t get proper nutrition and can’t afford quality medical support.
The Concerned for Working Children with the support of PES BBA Students Responsibility Club and local residents organized a Free Basic Medical Check-up Camp working hand in hand with the social oriented members of SwastikSewa Trust who made available not only doctors, medicines, a mobile diagnostic and food but also clothes from their Clothes Bank to be distributed to those attending the Medical camp. NethradhamaSuperspeciality Eye Hospitalsalso supported this initiativeof The Concerned for Working Children with their efficient team conducting a basic eye screening checkup which was availed by around 135 residents.
The Medical camp was inaugurated by the members of the Bhimasangha, an union of working children, at 9.30 a.m and went on till 1 p.m. The volunteers worked diligently taking care of registrations, assisting doctors (Pediatric, General Medicine, Gyneacology and Opthomology depts. and technicians (random blood sugar test). They also managed the crowd with patience and firmness and kept restless children waiting in the queues occupied by engaging them in reciting numbers, nursery rhymes or singing songs! Around 375 to 400 men, women and children availed the services rendered by these organizations and the medical cases shortlisted for further evaluation/ treatments/ surgeries will be followed upon by The Concerned for Working Children and the supporting organizations.
The end of this activity saw many of them sporting a happy smile, eyes glowing with kindness and a sense of gratitude. All the four participant organizations left with a sense of accomplishment and clearly a day well spent!!