Doctors are not comfortable in going to the interiors of Chhattisgarh villages because of the Maoist threat due to which the people living there were devoid of any medical attention. To give these people proper medical attention, free medical camps were set up.
WITH AN aim to provide medical facilities to the people residing in Maoist-hit areas in the state, the Chhattisgarh government organized a free health checkup in Manika Block of Latehar district as doctors are reluctant to visit such areas. Many people visited the camp and they were given free medicines and treatment.
An ICERT Doctor told ANI, “The purpose of this medical camp is to provide assistance in those areas that do not have medical facilities and to provide medicines as well.” Speaking to the media, a local, Nitesh Kumar, said, “The situation of the village is that diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, etc., spread here. Health teams are scared to visit the area. Those doctors who are deputed here by village heads do not come here in wake of the threat by the Maoists, while others are unwilling to visit the place as they do not want to give away their comfort.”
Kumar appreciated the initiative taken by their administration and added that camp provided respite to the patients living in the area. Nitesh Kumar added, “Administration has called a medical team here. If they had not provided this facility then it would have been difficult for any one team to come here.”
Lack of proper medical facilities makes life difficult for common people here. Villagers have to travel miles to avail medical facilities. Since the last years, the rebels have stepped up their effort against the government by targeting and damaging democratic and civil institutions of the nation such as hospitals, schools and medical centres.