Recently Coal India Retired Officers Welfare Association (CIROWA) and team of doctors from Orange City Hospital & Research Institute (OCHRI) jointly organized a preventive health Check up camp at NMC’s Vivekanand Hindi School, Nagpur. Team of doctors screened more than 450 students and addressed various important medical issues like general health, hygiene, nutritional problems etc. Team of doctors comprised of Dr. PC Gupta, ENT Surgeon, Dr. Upendra Kumar, General Physician, Dr. Mohini Gajendragadkar, Gynaecologist, Dr. Deepak Dongre, Dr. Shubhangi Choudhary and Dr. Milind Gujar. Sister Reena Madakwar and Manisha Gohate assisted the doctors in this camp.

On this occasion Dr.Deepak Dongre, Incharge- Special Projects, OCHRI said OCHRI boasts of one of the best Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The determination to ensure rational cost effective ethical health care within a framework of quality management system has gained us recognition of being the first ISO 9001:2000 certified Unit of this region. As a Corporate Social Responsibility, OCHRI regularly organize the pediatric outreach program endeavors in all encompassing health activities including School Health Surveys, Behavioral disorders detection and management, adolescent health and disability detection and correction camps. These camps ultimately help in reducing morbidity & mortality in student groups as well as local community. In addition, regular, sustained school health examinations help to build a sound foundation for student’s future. Under this program, School Health Checkup is being regularly conducted on a campaign basis by a team of medical officers every year.

Shri. Gopal Bohare, Chairman, Education Committee, NMC stated that Schools that provide health services and education not only benefit school-aged children, but also the entire community. School children can act as messengers for other out-of-school children and members of their communities to communicate better practices in hygiene and overall health. Costs can also be reduced by using existing school system infrastructure as a key delivery mechanism. Such school camps are very essential.

Shri. Arun Hazare, Project Coordinator, Social Activities, CIROWA expressed that, School health interventions have numerous economic returns through health outcomes. Healthier children are more likely to attend school, and modest improvements in schooling will allow for the continuation of education. Education and good health offer children the power of choice and opportunity, as well as optimism for a better life. Health education in childhood can also help establish lifelong positive behaviors. It is widely recognized that school health and nutrition programs are essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. About more than 450 students mostly belonging to poor Socio-Economic Strata were immensely benefitted. They have probably got such health check up for the first time. They were also issued health cards free of cost from you, for which I on behalf of them expressed deep gratitude towards OCHRI.

Shri. M. L. Bhasin, General Secretary, CIROWA and Shri. Unnikrishnan, Jt. Secretary were prominently present on this occasion. Smt. Rashmi Durugkar, Principal, Vivekanand Hindi School School thanked CIROWA & OCHRI management for this selfless gesture. Smt. Sushma Mankar, Smt. Neeta Gadekar, Smt. Sandhya Bhagat, Smt. Waghade,   teachers of Vivekanand Hindi School, Shri. Vijay Tiwari and Shri. Ramakrishna Mankar, OCHRI worked hard for the success of this medical checkup camp.