Bangalore Feb 24: ‘Doctors for Seva‘, a project that provides health services to deprived sections of society in and around Bangalore, has decided to extend operations to Gulbarga district.
Sinu Joseph, who is involved in the project, which is run by the Youth for Seva Trust, told The Hindu here on Monday that the trust had decided to first concentrate on Afzalpur taluk where health parameters were low.
Doctors for Seva was started in June 2010 as a project of Youth for Seva. It comprises a team of medical professionals who are willing to provide medical service on a voluntary basis. Our team comprises Paediatricians, Dentists, Gynaecologists, Surgeons, Psychiatrists, Pharmacists, Diagnostic labs, General & Specialty hospitals, Medical and Dental colleges and students. While doctors provide medical help, a large number of non-medical volunteers assist in coordinating our various projects and activities.
In Bangalore, the trust, with the help of a network of doctors and hospitals, provides voluntary services to economically backward sections of society.
At present, there are 53 doctors and 27 hospitals who provide health services in Bangalore schools and slums.
Ms. Joseph said practical difficulties, living conditions in villages, and language and cultural barriers made it difficult for taluk hospitals and primary health centres to retain doctors.
Keeping this in mind, Youth for Seva had decided to enlist local doctors on a volunteer basis to work at the taluk hospitals and primary health centres, thus bringing healthcare to the doorsteps of people in rural areas.
We have now taken up the task of motivating doctors to volunteer their services on rotation,” she said.
As per government records, Aland and Afzalpur taluks had no specialists in government hospitals.
“We want to persuade specialists to spare their services at least on rotation so that the people there have access to specialised treatment.”
Doctors could decide how often they wanted to volunteer their services, she added.
Interested doctors can contact Ms. Joseph on 9342578862.
with inputs from The Hindu)