Free Cancer Detection Camp
March 8th 2015
Taking a step closer towards generating health awareness among rural women, Lokmat Sakhi Manch organised a cancer detection and health check-up camp for women in Bela village of Umred taluka, Near Nagpur in the memory of the founder president of Lokmat Sakhi Manch, Late Jyotsna Darda on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Sunday, 8th March 2015. Over 650 women benefitted from the camp free of cost, which focussed on educating rural women about breast cancer, cervical cancer and other grave diseases. Specialists also guided women on adopting healthy eating habits, on nutrition and on the preventive steps to be taken to lead a healthy life.
The camp began at Bhoyar community hall at 10 am on Sunday. Women made a beeline outside the venue to get themselves registered. The camp was inaugurated by lighting the ceremonial lamp in front of the portrait of Late Jyotsna Darda by oncologist at Central India Cancer Research Institute Dr Ajay Mehta, well-known gynaecologist Dr Suchitra Mehta, district health officer Dr Yogendra Sawai, ZP member Jaikumar Verma, chairman of Panchayat Samiti Shalini Mendhule, Bela sarpanch Subhash Telrandhe and assistant vice-president (Nagpur) of Lokmat Media Nilesh Singh. In his introductory remarks, Dr Sawai expressed gratefulness towards Lokmat for organising the camp for rural women as women generally keep mum about their health problems. He extended his support to similar activities in future. The guests were welcomed by Bela reporter Pushkar Dangre.
Chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda visited the health check-up camp accompanied by director (operations) of Lokmat Media Ashok Jain. In his address to the gathering, Darda described women as the creators of the society and stressed on the need to ensure a healthy life for women. The progress of a nation is largely dependent on the good health of its women and children's future can be shaped well if the mother is healthy, he said, adding that women's health is national treasure and can not be ignored.He also spoke about his attachment to Bela village, it being his maternal village. He urged people to obtain information regarding government health schemes and spread awareness about these so that maximum people can benefit from the schemes.