More than 500 tribal children and women underwent a medical check up at a camp organised at the predominantly tribal Jawhar taluka of the neighbouring Palghar district on Tuesday on the occasion of Children’s Day.
The camp was part of the on-going initiative undertaken to eradicate the malnutrition in the district and was jointly organised by the Vithu Mauli Charitable Trust, Shramajivi Sanghatana, Vikhe Patil Foundation and the Pravara Medical Trust. Shramajivi Sanghtana is an organisation working for the uplift of tribals in the state.
Hundreds of children from the surrounding tribal villages of Jawhar, Mokhada and Vikramgadh were part of the camp in which more than 20 doctors examined the children and the mothers.
Speaking at the inauguration Vivek Pandit, the President of the Shramajivi Sanghatana and former MLA stated that the perennial issue of the malnutrition was the result of poverty and starvation and these are to be fought first if one has to eradicate malnutrition.
All the sections of the society should come to gather and fight this evil in the society and towards this the continuous camp has been organised he said and added that all the children needing further treatment would be referred to the specialised hospitals for treatment.
He also informed that two such camps would be organised in different PHCs in the district and there would be periodic follow up of those examined.
A number of tribal mothers with kids in their arms walked down to the camp from far off places and were visibly happy that their health was being taken care of in the camps.
Thane District President of Shramajivi Sanghatana Dattu Kolekar, Vice President, Ashok Sapte, Palghar District President Suresh Renjad and other office bearers of the Palghar unit of the Shramajivi Sanghatana were also present for the camp.
The Padmashree Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation team was lead by Dr. Sunil Mhaske and the Pravara Team was lead by KV Somasundaram, Dr. NS Pawar Also present for the function were Paghar DHO Dr. SB Gaikwad, CS Dr. Mrs. Kanchan Wanere and ICDS Chief Rajendra Patil.