BASIC MEDICAL CARE AND PILGRIMAGE CAMPS
Medical Care Programs
Respect everyone, love everyone, and serve everyone.
Sant Baljit Singh
Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra provides free medical care and free medicines to impoverished and less fortunate communities. The medical dispensary at our headquarters in Nawan Nagar is frequented by the surrounding community. During celebratory events held at Nawan Nagar, we offer free medical services around the clock for attendees.
Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra organizes charitable social service programs that provide basic medical care at medical camps. Medical equipment and other medical supplies are donated to hospitals to support them in serving those in need of medical attention. Blood donation camps are organized in collaboration with authorities and pilgrimage camps offer medical care for the annual Kawar Yatra pilgrims during Sawan month.
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Medical Camps (pre Covid-19)
In 2012, Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra began offering medical camps at our headquarters in Nawan Nagar, Haryana. Over time, our medical camps program grew to serve communities in other states: Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Each week, 12-15 camps are held at different locations. In 2019, we organised a total of 740 camps.
Initially, our medical camps were organized at our centers. The medical camp program expanded after a visit to a slum area to distribute blankets and fresh fruit. There, we met a sick old man who was bedridden in his small hut. When we asked how we could help, the old man asked for a wheelchair. We donated a wheelchair for his use and arranged financial assistance for his medical treatment.
From there, we decided to also bring the medical camps to the communities who need medical care, rather than expecting them to travel to our centers to seek help. We focused on slum areas and villages that don’t have ready access to medical facilities.
Maharashtra has good medical facilities, but those who live in faraway villages often have to travel long distances to avail such facilities. Many cannot afford the travel costs to get to these facilities. Therefore, Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra sent our ambulance to our center nestled among many villages and small towns. We send the ambulance and our medical crew to the remote villages and organize medical camps to bring free medical care to the people living there.
We also hold medical camps at the traditional brick factories where the laborers make bricks from mud by hand without modern equipment. Many of these factories are located in very remote areas that do not have medical facilities nearby. We hold these medical camps there so that the laborers can access free medical care and free medicines without leaving their workplace.
Medical Equipment for Hospitals (pre Covid-19)
Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra supports hospitals by donating wheelchairs, stretchers, ECG machines, oxygen cylinders, oxygen machines, multipara monitors, blood pressure apparatus, glucometers, nebulizers, pulse oximeters, portable foetal dopplers, delivery sets, surgical drums, kidney trays, Ambu bags, surgical instruments, and bed sheets.
Some hospitals have limited supplies of appropriate equipment and medicines. Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra arranges donations of the required items to help these hospitals provide better service to people in need who visit these hospitals.
I have the honor to salute and extend heartiest thanks to Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra for supplying life saving medical equipment i.e. oxygen regulators, oxygen cylinders, fold stretchers with nets, stretchers with meters, silicone adult and child resuscitation kits, and laryngoscope sets to CHC, Nalagarh on 23 March 2019. This charitable society has left no stone unturned to serve humankind and has vindicated the very slogan “Be Good, Do Good, Be One”.
Block Medical Officer of Civil Hospital Nalagarh
Blood Donation Camps (pre Covid-19)
Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra collaborates with the Red Cross Society, government hospitals and blood banks to organize blood donation camps in different states. We arrange events and programs to promote these blood donation camps, and provide the facilities and refreshments. We also encourage our volunteers and event and program attendees to donate blood.
The government hospitals send their team of doctors to the camps. Our volunteers assist by providing refreshments to the blood donors and doctors. We serve them fresh fruit juice, fruits, cheese, milk, and lemon water. Every donor receives a blood donation certificate from the hospital in attendance.
This is to place on record the exemplary efforts of Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra in making the district Red Cross Fair 2019, held at Nalagarh, a grand success. It is to place on record my sincere thanks and gratitude towards Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra for sponsoring refreshment for the blood donors of blood donation camp organized on 18/10/2019 during district level Red Cross Fair, 2019.
SDM Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh
Free Food for Attendants (Pre Covid-19)
In India, it is customary that attendants accompany patients who have to remain in hospitals for some days. The attendants are the caregivers who help their patients with daily activities such as personal grooming, feeding, helping the patient move around, and ensuring that the patient is comfortable.
Patients may come from far away towns, villages, or even from different states. Often, it is not possible for their attendants to travel back and forth daily during the patient’s stay at the hospital. Therefore, the attendants have to make their own arrangements. Some patients can barely afford to pay for their medical fees, much less pay for their attendants’ food and daily necessities. These attendants have to struggle to arrange their own meals while taking care of their patients.
Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra supports these attendants with nutritious and healthy food cooked at our centers. The hot cooked food is brought to the hospitals and served to the attendants.
Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra has been serving food to attendants, free of cost, at government hospitals in Chandigarh and Delhi. These programs strive to serve those who are undergoing hardship or struggles. Sharing with others in their time of need is inspired by the organization’s focus on caring and sharing.
Kawar Camps (pre Covid-19)
Once, Sant Baljit Singh was traveling by road and saw many Kawariya pilgrims carrying their kawar on their shoulders. Sant Baljit Singh also noticed that the pilgrims were barefoot and many had footsores. On seeing their plight, his heart went out to the pilgrims. Immediately, Sant Baljit Singh advised Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra to hold medical camps to serve the kawariyas every year.
Inspired by Sant Baljit Singh’s words, Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra began planning its charitable program to hold annual Kawar Camps. In 2014, Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra launched its program of week long Kawar Camps to offer medical facilities, food, and rest to the pilgrims. Since then, the number of camps have grown each year. In 2019, Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra organized 50 Kawar Camps in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh.
Each camp is set up in accordance with the safety measures and hygiene guidelines issued by the local, state and central bodies. Fire extinguishers and CCTV cameras are installed at the camps and separate male and female resting areas and washrooms are provided.
On these annual pilgrimages, the kawariyas fast and walk for hundreds of miles, often in bare feet, to collect holy water from sacred rivers. Then they carry the holy water in containers suspended on long poles that are balanced on their shoulders as they make the return journey to their native places.
The pilgrimage is a long and ardous journey of devotion, sacrifice and endurance. It comes as no surprise that many kawariyas arrive at our camps in need of medical attention. The pilgrims’ feet are often covered with blisters and wounds, their shoes (if worn) are in tatters, and their clothes are drenched from the monsoon rain. Each camp has a team of doctors and para medical staff to provide immediate medical relief. Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra volunteers are also at hand to offer assistance to the pilgrims.
Many pilgrims are tired and weary when they stop at the Kawar Camps. Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra volunteers serve the kawariyas fasting foods such as fresh fruit juices, milk, fruits, biscuits, and petha which is a translucent soft candy made from white pumpkin. Complete lunch and dinner meals are available as well. The camp volunteers also show care by offering leg massages to the pilgrims while they take some rest before continuing their pilgrimage.
The annual Kanvad Yatra pilgrimage is named after the kanvad or kawar which is the colorfully decorated pole with containers suspended on either side to collect the holy water. There are different types of kanvads or kawars. One of these is the Khadi kawar that must be held continuously and cannot be placed on the ground or hung. Therefore, Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra volunteers help by standing and holding the Khadi kawars while the kawariyas rest at our camps.
Each year, thousands of kawariyas visit these Kawar Camps organized by Vishav Manav Ruhani Kendra. The kawariyas are grateful for the care and attention offered at these camps, and the camp volunteers are deeply moved by the pilgrims’ dedication, determination, and devotion.