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Malnourished kids not benefitting from crores allocated in budget

 Media Coverage  |  12-06-2022

Vijay Darda inaugurates surgical workshop

The chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda on Saturday said thousands of children in Melghat region are losing their lives due to malnourishment. Every year, the Central government allocates crores of rupees in the Budget to improve their health. But the direct benefit is not reaching these malnourished kids. So where does this money allocated in the Budget go? The malnourished children can only be saved through collective efforts, he added.

Darda was speaking as the chief guest during the inauguration of the surgical workshop titled ‘Unravelling the Nuances in ENT Surgery’ organised by Neeti Clinic here. At the outset, Darda inaugurated the workshop by lighting the ceremonial lamp.

The president-elect of Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI) Dr Nandu Kolwadkar, Dr Dipak Sawalakhe of AOI (Vidarbha), president of Rotary Club of Nagpur South Vivek Garge, head of Neeti Clinic and noted head and neck surgeon Dr Madan Kapre and director of Cipla Ramakrishna BVR were present as the guests.

A short film on Melghat was shown during the inaugural function. Rotarian Sanjay Tatwawadi explained about the film to the dignitaries. Dr Nishit, Dr Devendra Mahure, Dr Kshitij Patil, Dr Vidula Kapre, Dr Meghna Navghare, Dr Nitin Deosthale, Dr Apurv Pawde and others were felicitated at the hands of Darda.

Vijay Darda further said depriving malnourished kids from their due medicines, food stuffs, cooking oil, etc., is an inhuman act. The bills of the suppliers are not cleared for six to eight months. Crores of rupees have been sanctioned for roads in the last 30 years but its benefits are not visible. The people’s representatives should pay attention to this issue.

Darda lavished praises on Dr Madan Kapre, his associates and family members and Rotarians for holding surgical camps in Melghat over the last 23 years. Surgeries of thyroid and other diseases is complicated. Performing them in remote areas is even more difficult, he added.

Vivek Garge promised to continue selfless social activities in Melghat. Dr Dipak Sawalakhe said he felt proud to be a part of the function. He was always ready for social service. Dr Nandu Kolwadkar said Dr Kapre’s guidance has always been inspiring.

Dr Gauri Kapre Vaidya conducted the proceedings while Dr Neeti Kapre Gupta proposed a vote of thanks.


Learning with social service

Dr Madan Kapre said no social work can be done without a team. The camp is being organised in Melghat since last 23 years with the help of Rotary Club. It is a unique programme. Work is done on ‘Come to Learn, Learn to Serve’ basis. You get an opportunity to serve people along with teaching.


Lokmat collected 66,000 units of blood

During Covid pandemic, the Lokmat Media Group had launched “Raktache Nate’ campaign to find a solution to shortage of blood and collected 66,000 units of blood. Mentioning this, Darda said the doctors, nurses and employees risked their lives to make this campaign a grand success. This was the country’s biggest blood donation campaign. He further informed that in order to recognise the efforts of the doctors, the Lokmat Times Excellence in Healthcare Awards were instituted in 2020. The contribution of doctors in keeping the country healthy was vital, he added.

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