Free Medical Care at Bhag Kal
Yesterday our team of Shaktis, Bibi Ma, Elise, Susy, Pauli, Preeti and Jyoti led by Dr Priya Singh, volunteers of the Divine Shakti Foundation, headed to Bhag Kal, the busy auto stand just behind the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, from where pilgrims can get jeeps to go up to the famous Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. They picked this bustling location to provide a free medical camp, as per Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s divine suggestion, for the influx of Shiva devotees passing through for the Kanwar Yatra.
The Medical Camp banner was hung up with the assistance of the yatris, who were only too willing to help. As soon as the banner went up, the yatris gathered and a queue was formed with the help of the sevaks assisting. Some of the sevaks (volunteers), coming from different parts of the world, were learning on the job with Bibi Ma guiding them on basic dressing and wound cleaning techniques as well as massage therapy. Due to the high number of injuries, numerous patients were being treated simultaneously, particularly with minor injuries and wounds needing dressing. Crowd control was also necessary as the yatris were curious to see what was happening and seemed very grateful for the service offered en-route. Dr Priya and all volunteers were kept busy throughout with consultations and treating patients.
Although busy, there was a great atmosphere and lots of gratitude and appreciation shown. More than one hundred patients were seen and treated. Conditions included minor injuries and wounds, ankle and knee sprains and bruises, head wounds, common cold and fever, indigestion, acidity, piles, muscular aches and pains, runny nose, eye infections, eczema and dental problems.
Simultaneously with the medical camp, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s Wash on Wheel’s Puppet Show and Street Theatre was held. The yatris enjoyed the show and were happy to stop their pilgrimage to take in the educational entertainment.