Double Helical, a leading national health magazine, in association with SPARSH, recently organised a free health check-up camp with renowned doctors from reputed hospitals. SPARSH is a non-profitable, selfless, voluntary organisation dedicated to the education and health of people, especially children.
The free health check-up camp was inaugurated by the chief guest, Dr Arun Kumar Agarwal, Professor of Excellence, Former Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, and presently Medical Advisor, Innovation and Clinical Research, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, along with Prof Ramesh K Goyal, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University, New Delhi; Dr Vinay Aggarwal, Past National, Indian Medical Association; Dr Suneela Garg, Chair, Programme Advisory Committee, National Institute of Health & Family Welfare and Member Lancet Commission; and Dr C M Bhagat, CMD, Bhagat Chandra Hospital, New Delhi.
According to Dr Sachin Bhargav, Senior Child Specialist and Convener, SPARSH, the camp was set up with the aim of bringing awareness and providing completely free medical checkups, including all medical services available in hospitals nowadays such as ECG, diagnosis, blood tests, gastroenterology, gynaecology, maternity, nephrology, oncology, radiotherapy, radiology, physiotherapy, and urology, to the deprived population and poor people of the country who have no access to basic healthcare services or knowledge about the diseases they are suffering from.
Regular free health check-up camps organised by Double Helical and SPARSH provide free medical advice and medicine to the people and refer them for specialised treatment or surgery whenever it is required. These camps ensure that people receive healthcare at the right time and see the doctor early enough before a small health problem turns serious.
Dr Arun Kumar Agarwal explained the objective of the health camp. He said, “We are driven by the strong ethics of medicine and believe that it is the moral responsibility and obligation to treat each patient regardless of their income, race, or social status. The main objective of a medical camp is to provide initial care to people in life-threatening conditions, reflecting the unique strengths and goals of medical ethics.”
Dr Suneela Garg said, “I am happy to know that Double Helical has undertaken a major initiative of organising free health check camps dedicated to ensuring the health of expecting mothers. Following the pledge of scores of doctors from renowned hospitals to dedicate to providing healthcare services to poor people in urban, semi-urban, and rural areas of India, free medical camps are conducted every year on the occasion of Durga Puja.”.