Pancharatna, a small town located on the south banks of Brahmaputra has been in news since the Naranarayan Setu has come up as a nearby landmark in Goalpara district of Assam.
The locals, mainly villagers who depend on agriculture and fishing, are at the mercy of the monsoons that ensures that flood waters engulf the entire town and the basic livelihood becomes a challenge for most part of the year.
Braving the fury of the river, survival was tough but the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, followed by various stages of lockdown and protocols have disrupted the normal life. Keeping in mind the lower economical conditions of the locals and poor health facilities, a unit of Red Horns Division from the nearby Army Camp, Agia, organised a free medical camp at the local school ground, Pancharatna, today, 12 Mar, 21.
The camp organised under the Op Sadhbhavana had Indian Army doctors who lead the various facilities provided in the camp.
Attended by a large number of locals, Lady doctors at the camp helped out the local women folk with their ailments. Free medicines were provided to all the needful patients. A special COVID-19 screening and sensitization kiosk catered to the villagers who reported sick with COVID familiar symptoms. The medical officers discussed about the need to maintain good health and hygiene as a preventive measure in order to stay safe in the days of the deadly pandemic.
Aiming to reach out to and benefit the maximum number of locals, each of the attendees were also provided with a hygiene, sanitization & protection kit. Other than this, small packets of dry food items were also provided that formed the major attraction for the young children who came along with their parents to get themselves checked of any prevailing ailments and health conditions.
Attended by more than 800 people, consisting of males, females, children and the aged, the camp seemed to provide some relief, benefit and succor to the locals of Pancharatna. The pandemic may not be over soon, but the helping hand extended by the local Army camp will surely not be forgotten by the locals, who were benefitted from the free medical camp.
(With inputs from a senior Indian Army Officer)