A day long free health check-up camp was organized by Guwahati Neurological Research Centre (GNRC), North Guwahati in association with MEDIREACH held on 3rd Sept. 2017 at Bamundi high school, for the dwellers of Bamundi village. This village is in Kamrup rural district, in the state of Assam, India, situated near the north bank of river, Brahmaputra. This day long camp was started in the morning around 9.00 am with the overwhelming support of high school staff and locals of bamundi village. In this camp, screening of patients with positive symptomatology, free diagnosis, free prescription, advice and education to people about healthy living practices, and benefits of early intervention and preventive health care were provided. Free physical examination along with blood pressure measurement and ECG test were also performed.
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)-Guwahati, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice students; Chinju George, Om Prakash Kumar Thakur, Ranju Mishra, Shedage Kedar Tanaji, Samlet Shruti Sriniwas, Amal Prasad, Vibhute Prajakta Jadish, Hari R, and Erica Eva Nongbri have actively participated in this free health check-up camp under the supervision of Dr. Urmila M Aswar and Dr. Ratan J Lihite. Overall more than 200 patients have been visited to this health check-up camp. Of these, ECG testing was advised to 43 patients. In this camp, free prescription medicines were dispensed with free health check-up. Around 20 different medicines were available in the stock including tablets, suspensions, and injections (Table 1). NIPER-Guwahati students have played a vital role in setting up dispensing area as well as in dispensing prescribed medicine to the patients. Patients were also counselled by the NIPER-Guwahati students on rational use of medicines while dispensing drugs.
In this camp, the most commonly prescribed drugs were Diclofenac and Pantaprazole followed by Amlodipine, Amoxicillin and Potassium Clavulanate, Vitamin B-Complex, Antacids, and ORS. It was observed that more than 50% of the attending patients were suffering from high blood pressure and body ache. Doctors have advised them various medicines and consultation in this free health check-up camp. NIPER-Guwahati would like to acknowledge Dr. Partha Pratim Kalita, GNRC hospital and his team for organizing such free health check-up camp.