Innovative healthcare program under the banner of ‘Evening with a Doctor’ at Guwahati Press Club in northeast India has completed six months, where the member-journalists of the press club along with their dependants have been offered free consultation & primary treatments by experienced physicians from various healthcare institutions.
The last Saturday evening clinic at the press club premises on 4 February was conducted by the Gurgaon (Haryana) based Medanta-The Medicity Hospital. Senior rheumatology & clinical immunology consultant Dr Vinay Singal was present for free consultations.
The 21 January media clinic was carried out by ophthalmologists namely Dr S Tomar and Dr Pranjal Mishra from Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya Guwahati. Similarly the 7 January evening OPD was carried out by Hayat Hospital’s Dr Anjan Saikia (gastroenterology), Dr Daboo Patowari (medicine) and Dr Abhisek Lohia (dermatology).
The city based hospital authority also announced various concessions for the press club members with their families in OPD/doctor consultation charges (100 per cent), room rent (25 %), lab investigation (20 %), CT/USG/X-ray (20 %), MRI/MR angiography (20 %), EEG, ECG,TMT, HOLTER, ECHO (20 %), colonoscopy & endoscopy (20 %), operation theatre charges (10 %) and medicines (5 %).
Till date, practicing doctors from Apollo Hospitals Chennai, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, GNRC Group of Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Dispur Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Wintrobe Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Nemcare Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital, Sight First eye-clinic, Government Ayurvedic College etc had conducted the camps.
It may be noted that Assam's well known Dispur Hospitals private limited, under the leadership of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, supported the initiative to raise a doctor's chamber at the press club premises, which was inaugurated by young citizens namely Dhiman, Kristi, Shantanava, Arya, Shambhavi, Nistha and Arunava on the occasion of 70th Independence Day.
"Besides personal healthcare, the initiative was expected to help the scribes to understand various aspects of healthiness in a better way that should encourage the journalists to cover the sector with more authenticities," said a GPC statement adding that the initiative was formulated primarily for the benefit of its members, but anyone related to the profession is welcome to participate in the program.