September 03, 2017 11:42 AM

Guwahati ( NJ Thakuria)

Initiated last year, the weekly evening OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club rolls on every Saturday with the participation of journalists along with their family members. In one year, over 50 free health camps were organized at the press club premises with the graceful presence of various doctors from different hospitals almost across the country.

The unique healthcare initiative titled 'Evening with a Doctor' on every Saturday was conceived and organized by the pioneer press club of northeast India, which has now emerged as a regular ‘healthy hangout’ for the member-journalists along with their dependants. It was launched in August 2016 with initial supports from Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, managing director of Dispur Hospitals, helping to raise a doctor's chamber at the club premises.

Assam’s well known Dispur Hospitals conducted the last evening OPD clinic on 2 September, where Dr Raj Dutta (medicine) offered free consultations to the participants. The camp witnessed the participation of more than 30 media persons along with their dependants, where they also got their blood pressure & sugar checked by health workers namely Parismita Gogoi and Jitu Pathak. Meanwhile, a physiotherapy camp is scheduled for 8 September (1 to 5 pm) at press club premises, whereas the next Saturday (9 September, 4
to 6 pm) clinic will be arranged by Hayat Hospital. Another camp on 15 September (3 to 4.30 pm) will be graced by SIMS Chennai Hospital’s orthosurgeon Dr Appaji Krishnan.

Till date, practicing doctors from Apollo Chennai Hospital, Manipal Bangalore Hospital, Fortis Hospital Bangalore, Medanta-the Medicity Hospital, GNRC Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Wintrobe Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Nemcare Hospital, Rahman Hospitals, Sun Valley Hospital, Sight First eye-clinic, Government Ayurvedic College, MMC Panbazar etc have attended the camps. 

The camp, though primarily organized for the benefit of press club members with their close relatives, any journalist of the region (also the country) with their family members may take the advantage of the camps, said a statement issued by the press club adding that similar initiatives are also encouraged in other parts of the region.

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