A free medical check-up camp was conducted at the Primary Health Centre at Anangadi, KadalundiNagaram, Malappuram district on Sunday, 23rd November. The camp was unique as it was conducted by Old Students of Sainik School, Kazhakoottam.
641 people of the coastal area in KadalundiNagaram participated in the camp. They were checked by specialists in cardiology, gastro-enteritis, ENT, surgery, dentistry and general medicine. Children were checked by a paediatrician. A gynaecologist was available to check ladies. All adults were checked for diabetes and blood pressure. About 100 elderly people were also put through ECG and 30 ladies through ultrasonic scan. Even some family planning procedures were conducted. Free medicines were distributed to those who needed medication. All those who participated in the camp appreciated the effort. It is for the first time that so many specialists were coming together for camp in the area.
Mr. Kader Koya, a 62-year old fisherman who is on medication for a heart ailment came for ECG with his medical papers. He went back reassured that his heart is keeping fine and he can go back to sea. 58 year old sugar patient Chandramati came to confirm if she is fit enough for Sabarimala pilgrimage. She was found fit and left praising Lord Ayyappa. Little Ibrahim had a bad fall and lots of bruises. The weeping boy was dressed up and went back smiling.
Fifteen doctors who are old students of Sainik School conducted the camp. This included senior specialists of Calicut Medical College, MIMS Hospital (Calicut), Al-Shifa Hospital, Perunthalmanna and other well-known hospitals. The doctors were supported by other old students. In all, 22 old students, right from the batch of 1976 to the batch of 2012 took part in arranging and conducting the camp. Some of them came from as far away as Bangalore. Medical staff of the Anangadi Primary Health Centre, members of Vallikkunnu Panchayat, Asha workers and local volunteers also assisted and supported the camp. Also lending invaluable support with their presence were the parents of Dr Ashish Bens, his young toddler kids, the family of Col Josy Joseph ( Roll No 1531/ Class of 1984) were an active part. Mr D Sudhir from the 1976 batch, who is the general manager of Mathrubhumi News TV came with his media crew.
The camp is a social initiative of old students of Sainik School, Kazhakootam. As beneficiaries of subsidised, quality education and as alumni of a reputed school, the old students believe that they have to give something back to society. This camp is the first step in this direction. Old students of Sainik School Kazhakootam will be taking up more social initiatives in the future.
Expenses incurred in conducting the camp were met by NIRDESH, Chaliyam as part of its social responsibility. An amount of Rs. 50,000/- was made available by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai (member of NIRDESH society) under its Corporate Social Responsibility scheme for this purpose.