“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
This quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. is a belief for some people who dedicated their lives for the betterment of the society.
Can you imagine being in dire need of medical attention but not receiving it because you cannot afford a bus fare of rupees 40? Sounds a little unrealistic, doesn’t it? But the tribal people of Madhya Pradesh were living this nightmare. They didn’t have enough money to buy ample amount of food, forget medicines or treatments. How can someone choose health over survival? Suffering was a lifestyle for these people. Well, not anymore because a ray of hope has risen in their lives.
With the help of the Rotary Club, Mr. Vivek Tankha started a medical health mission in 2010 named ‘RAHAT’ for these tribal people.
RAHAT I was organized at Mandla from 6th to 11th February, 2010. In the camp, 49,634 patients were registered and 5,808 surgeries were undergone. A total of 250 Doctors and over 800 nursing staff participated in RAHAT-I.
The commendable work of the staff gave birth to more initiatives like these.
This mission did not end there. The driven minds continued their fight with the illness and RAHAT- II was organized at Chhindwara, from 8th to 15th March in the year 2011. The number of patients were 73,000 this time and 3,700 surgeries were performed.
The efforts didn’t stop and RAHAT – 8 was initiated at Murena (Madhya Pradesh) from 6th to 13th February, 2017. A whopping 80,000 patients were registered here and 2,700 surgeries took place.
The President of the Rotary Club, Mohit Chatterjee proudly announced that PDG Vivek Tankha is the man behind these medical camps.
The mission has changed a number of lives and continues to help people till date. 11th RAHAT, arranged at Katangi, 35 km from Jabalpur was a huge success.
In a single day, 8,974 patients were treated by 80 doctors and 225 para-medicals in this camp. Famous endoscopic surgeon Dr. Pradeep Choubey and 15 doctors from AIIMS, MAX hospitals, Delhi, and 65 local doctors from Government Medical College, Jabalpur Hospital, Shalby Hospital, Mannulal Hospital, and Global Hospital participated in this camp. Dr. Rajesh Dhrawani (MD & CEO) of Jabalpur Hospital was the medical head. Free medicines and food were given to all the registered patients. Not just that, they even solved the transportation issue. Special buses were arranged for the people from their villages to the campsite. This ensured that maximum number of people got the medical attention, since they didn’t have to worry about travel fare. The management of this camp was so thorough that they even took care of the smallest details. They gave RAHAT cards to the patients who require follow-up treatment at Jabalpur hospitals so they will never have a trouble and the treatment is completed. All they have to do is to show the card to the bus conductor and the bus will take them to the campsite for free.
This mission is described as ‘Mother of all Health Missions’ by India Today.
Mr. Vivek Tankha has helped over 10,000 people and still counting. He personally visited the campsites and interacted with the patients. He is a visionary, his work and the kind of initiatives taken by him are surely making difference in the society. With his actions, he has proved that an ideal society can exist in real life.