Maha govt to hold medical camps in drought-hit areas

Mumbai: Maharashtra government will hold medical camps in the drought-hit regions of the state, where farmers, labourers and people under the BPL category will be treated free of cost.

These camps will be conducted under the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana.

Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said that in the first phase of the medical camp, called ‘Maha Arogya Shibir’ starting January 9, will cover 14 talukas in Jalgaon district.

“The first phase of this medical camp will last for a week and consist of doctors from various state-run hospitals and specialists from private hospitals as well. In the course of this camp, there will not only be diagnoses, but people will be treated for their illnesses,” Mahajan said.

“If required, cataract operations, cardiac surgeries and neuro surgeries will be performed on patients,” he said, adding that those who need advanced treatment, would be referred to hospitals in Mumbai.

Mahajan said a team of Tata Memorial Centre will also be a part of the medical camp, where doctors would test people showing signs of cancer, who would then be referred to a super-speciality hospitals in Mumbai.

He added that around 35,000 people are expected to benefit from the medical camp in Jalgaon and that there would be a blood donation camp held on a large-scale as well.