From NJ Thakuria GNN Contributor In India
Guwahati: A unique and innovative healthcare initiative, run by Guwahati Press Club, has completed six months. Under the program, titled ‘Evening with a Doctor’, the member-journalists of the northeast India based press club along with their dependants have been offered free consultation & primary treatments by experienced physicians from various healthcare institutions of the country.
The last evening clinic at the press club on 11 February was conducted by the city based Dispur Hospital, where Dr Raj Kumar Dutta (Medicine) provided free consultations to over 25 media persons along with their families. They also got their weight, blood pressure & sugar checked by Champak Goswami (laboratory technician) and Jonprova Devi (nurse).
The previous evening OPD was graced by Dr Vinay Singal from the Gurgaon based Medanta-The Medicity Hospital. Practicing doctors from Apollo Hospitals Chennai, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, GNRC Group of Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Wintrobe Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Nemcare Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital, Sight First eye-clinic, Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Government Ayurvedic College etc had earlier conducted the camps.
Joining the series, the Hayat Hospital announced various concessions for the scribes with their families in OPD/doctor consultation charges (100 per cent), room rent (25 %), lab investigation (20 %), CT/USG/X-ray (20 %), MRI/MR angiography (20 %), EEG, ECG,TMT, HOLTER, ECHO (20 %), colonoscopy & endoscopy (20 %), operation theatre charges (10 %) and medicines (5 %).
It may be noted that the Dispur Hospitals, under the leadership of Dr. Jayanta Bardoloi, supported the initiative to raise a doctor’s chamber last year at the press club premises. Besides personal healthcare, the initiative is expected to help the scribes to understand various aspects of healthiness in a better way that should enencourage the journalists to cover the sector with more authenticities