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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-5

Organizing a health camp in the post-COVID era – Opportunity for establishing a public reconnection

Department of Community Medicine, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Prem Sagar Panda
Department of Community Medicine, Kushabhadra Campus 5, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/jphpc.jphpc_38_21

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In India, 60% of the population lack basic medical facilities, so health camps which provide short-term medical interventions for target communities may be beneficial. Health camps are mobile and are conducted in different locations by qualified doctors, nurses, and paramedics and community health workers. In most cases, these health camps are funded by non government organisations (NGO' s), trusts or renowned hospitals. In the post-COVID era, the Department of Community Medicine Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, organized a health camp at the rural health training center (RHTC), Kalarabanka, on the eve of World Stroke Day on October 29, 2021. A total of 60 people attended the camp. The department of community medicine provided consultation to the villagers of Kalarabanka with the help of faculties, postgraduates, interns, and staffs of RHTC. The majority of patients were males and of the age group 15–59 years. Organizing a health camp provides an opportunity for the need assessment of the community, also helps in finding the disease burden of the community. It also helps the community in availing quality primary health-care services at their doorstep. Furthermore, the residents who conduct the camp develop organizational and communication skills apart from clinical skills.

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