Apollo - WWF India Programme
Under this MoU with World Wide Fund for Nature-India, relevant frontline protection staff of the state forest departments and WWF-India's staff engaged in wildlife protection will receive free medical assistance from Apollo Hospitals including specialized medical treatment and pre-emptive health screening camps in national parks across the country. The programme commenced from 1st April 2016 and has ever since enabled screening and quality treatment for forest guards, who otherwise have limited access to quality healthcare.
- Health Camp at Nagarjuna Sagr-Srisailam Tiger reverse
- Preventive Health Screening In Kaziranga Karbi Anglong Landscape
One of the screening camps under this MOU was held in January 2017 at the Nagarajuna Sagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The medical camps were held to screen forest watchers who hail mostly from the tribal Chenchu community.
These forest watchers are located in base-camps which are deep inside the core of NSTR and are not able to access any medical help be it for an emergency and on-going basis. Over 297 forest guards and family members were screened for Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, BMI, Hemoglobin among others. Since the results were immediately available, doctors at the camp could go ahead and make detailed checks, for those whose readings were not in the normal range. Those requiring management of high blood sugar and hypertension were advised on a long term treatment plan.
Most of the guards complained of fatigue which is due to the nature of their work. Skin and Ortho were other issues. Most of the women who underwent screening were found to be anemic. Medicines were provided at the camp itself based on prescriptions written by our doctors after examining the reports of all the tests.
Most of the earlier Health Camps in Kaziranga organized by NGOs and others covered the fringe villages only. The Kaziranga National Park (KNP) Authority organized four basic Health Camps before the flood with the support of NRHM, but all the frontline staff and the ranges were not covered by the health camps. Also, no health camps were organized for the staff of Karbi Anglong. Apollo Hospitals Foundation was asked to explore the possibility of conducting a comprehensive Health Camp for the frontline forest guards across the seven ranges in Kaziranga. Karbi Anglong Landscape consists of:
- Northern Range
- Central Range
- Bokakhat Beat
- Karbi Anglong