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|Hepatitis-B Vaccination Camp and Public lecture on Swine Flu |
Jammu (India) August 23, 2009
Report and Images by Raman Raina
Shriya Bhat Mission Hospital and Research Centre organized a Vaccination Camp against Hepatitis-B in Muthi Phase I Migrant Camp today. One hundred camp inmates were given the first shot of the vaccine which will be repeated after 1 and 6 months.
Dr K L Chowdhury, Director of SBMH&RC flagged off the camp by giving the first shot to an infant of the camp. In his address to the assembled patients and other campers he spoke about the importance of vaccinating against Hepatitis-B which is a serious viral infection that can lead to jaundice, fever and chronic liver disorder including the shrinkage of liver called cirrhosis, and even cancer in some cases.
Dr. Chowdhury also spoke on Swine flu pandemic that has struck in 189 countries so far and is a matter of great concern for every one especially the medical fraternity that has to grapple with the increasing number of patients, the researchers who are working hard to prepare a vaccine, the pharmaceutical industries who are trying to raise the production of the anti-flu drugs and the governments who are gearing up to handle the crisis. He cautioned that India could explode with the epidemic if concerted efforts are not made to create awareness in the population and handle urgent cases in time. However he allayed the fears of the layman about the epidemic because of the scare created by media, explaining that generally Swine flu is a mild illness in most of the cases and recovers fully in a week’s time with routine symptomatic treatment. Only certain categories of patients need to take extra precautions and get in touch with doctors if the symptoms do not subside within a few days. These are patients whose immunity is compromised due to various diseases like cancer, diabetes, end stage renal cardiac or respiratory diseases, or those undergoing chemotherapy, as also the old and decrepit individuals and pregnant females.
Detailing the symptoms of flu he said they are the same as any other flu like fever, malaise, cough, running nose, sore throat etc. At the earliest suspicion of flu it is advisable to wear a facial mask and cover the nose and mouth fully in order not to spread it to others. Personal hygiene, especially hand washing should be stressed.
Sh. R.K.Pandita Manager of the hospital informed that the hospital is providing free services to all the poor and needy people round the year. We are holding the medical camps regularly on different diseases like hypertension, diabetes, orthopedic, Urology, psychiatric, Gynecological problems etc. This is the 79th camp in this regard, moreover till now we have vaccinated 3000 people. He informed that till date the hospital has provided the medical relief to more than 60 thousand people during the last 9 years. Some patients who are suffering with chronic ailments are being provided the medicines on monthly basis. In addition the hospital has provided mid day meal to 200 children in 2006-07 and very soon the hospital will start the mid day nutrition programme to 400 children of Purkhoo camp.
The social activists Bal ji, J.L.Raina, Chandji, Tej Krishen Bhat, Vinod Raina,R.Pandita, Mrs.Sunita ji provided their services under the supervision of Sh.O.N.Bhat.
Sh. Rivender Raina social activists and the camp leader presented the vote of thanks at the end.
|Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammi, India.|
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