MAM conducted free sickle cell health check up camp in from 31st of March 2012 to 3rd April 2012.During the journey we had medicine distribution for our 5 old diagnosed sickle cell patients at Dhule, Maharashtra.
On Sunday 1st April 2012, 213 old diagnosed sickle cell patients were clinically examined and were given free medications. Also screening of new 42 tribal individuals was done among which 21 were diagnosed as carriers and 8 patients were identified as sufferers. Advice and counseling regarding the dietary and behavioral regime was also given both old and new patients. The carriers were provided with counseling emphasis was given on premarital guidance specifically to unmarried individuals. The 13 individuals were diagnosed as normal which were also guided for this social problem. All the individuals were from different tribal parts of Nandurbar district and from the neighboring state of Maharashtra viz. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh mostly from low socio economic class.
On Monday 2nd April 2012 similarly 237 old patients had been given medications and 47 new individuals were screened for sickle cell disease. Newly screened 7 patients were diagnosed as sufferers and 16 were diagnosed as carriers and 24 individuals as normal.
Premarital counseling, guidance regarding the behavioral and dietary regime, medication was given to the patients.
Counseling was given to carrier patients.
The Normal tribal individuals (24) were also guided regarding the preventive and social aspect of this disease
On 1st and 2nd April 2012 internationally renowned Sickle Cell Scientist Dr. Graham Serjeant from Jamaica (West Indies) visited the project site. He also guided the team members regarding the clinical manifestation of Sickle Cell and its update management procedures. Along with him sickle cell expert and Child Specialist from Gujarat Dr. Jyotish Patel also examined sickle cell patients.
On this occasion a ceremony was held at Dhadgaon Dist. Nandurbar. Maharashtra in which the website of the project was inaugurated www.sicklecell-mam.org by the auspicious hands of Dr. Graham Serjeant. Also on this occasion the identity cards issued by Government of Maharashtra for the Sickle cell patients were distributed by propitious hands of Dr. Jyotish Patel. MAM Secretary Mr. Anil Gujar, Mr. Arun Gujar Trustee MAM, Sickle Cell Project In charge Dr.S.L.Kate, Dr. R.Z. Patel (Pathologist), Dr. B.D. Patel (Surgeon), Mr. Sampat Ramteke (President:- Sickle Cell Society of India), Ex. MLA Rameshbhai Pawara, Prof. Hari Yeola, Manoj Pawara were the dignitaries present at this occasion. Institutional team members Dr.Prashant Dalvi, Dr.Girish Kulkarni, Dr.Yogesh S.Prabhune, Dr. Rajendra Patil were also present on this occasion
Please see the attached report for pictures.
Total patients attended during this camp : old patients 455 + newly diagnosed 15 = 470
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