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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 140-141

Perception of public on health camp: Findings and lessons learnt from camp held at rural Puducherry

Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Date of Web Publication31-Dec-2015

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Kalaiselvi Selvaraj
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Administrative Block, Fourth floor, Dhanvanthri Nagar, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry - 605 006
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DOI: 10.4103/2349-4220.172916

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Selvaraj K, Lakshminarayanan S, Saya GK. Perception of public on health camp: Findings and lessons learnt from camp held at rural Puducherry . Int J Adv Med Health Res 2015;2:140-1

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Selvaraj K, Lakshminarayanan S, Saya GK. Perception of public on health camp: Findings and lessons learnt from camp held at rural Puducherry . Int J Adv Med Health Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Sep 26];2:140-1. Available from: https://www.ijamhrjournal.org/text.asp?2015/2/2/140/172916

To increase the access to healthcare near to the doorsteps of people, the camp approach is being preferred for a long time. After the National Health Mission, this approach was very commonly used. [1],[2] Medical graduates who are future medical practitioners of primary healthcare need to be oriented toward common health needs of people. They also need to understand the management of a multi-specialty camp. The recent regulations for graduate medical education prescribed by Medical Council of India revolutionized the concept of community health through emphasizing the concept of early exposure to field settings under integrated teaching. This document also strongly emphasizes the need to sensitize medical students regarding primary care. [3],[4]

A camp was conducted in one of the villages of Puducherry to sensitize the undergraduate students on common health needs of people and to provide comprehensive specialty care. This study aimed to report the perception of people attending this camp. A situational analysis was performed in one of the rural areas from Puducherry through the house to house survey for 1 month period. During the visit, pamphlets which contain information regarding the camp venue, date, list of specialties participating in the camp were issued. The camp was conducted with the co-ordination of nongovernmental organization working for people welfare in that area and nearby private facilities. The camp was conducted in one of the higher secondary school, which is accessible to all. In this public-private partnership, arrangements in the camp venue such as shades for waiting, mikes, furniture, and community mobilization was done by not for profit organization, while consultancy by specialties and other logistics were shared among private and tertiary Care Hospitals. This camp setting was also utilized to deliver health education message on priority areas such as dental, personal hygiene, oral rehydration therapy, and, risk factors of noncommunicable diseases, etc. Drugs were dispensed at free of cost in the camp site itself.

Totally, 712 people attended this camp. At the registration counter, people more than 30 years were screened for noncommunicable disease risk factors (obesity [Seca 769], tobacco/alcohol use, hypertension [OMRON apparatus HEM-7131U-E], and, diabetes [Accu-Chek]). According to the risk factor assessment and complaints they were referred to respective specialties such as Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Dental, Orthopedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose and, Throat. The highest number of camp attendees visited the department of Medicine (24.1%), Orthopedics (20.1%), Ophthalmology (18%) followed by Dermatology (12.9%).

Exit interview was conducted by following a systematic random sampling technique (every 10 th person) to assess the clients' satisfaction regarding camp. Information on the camp arrangement, waiting time, registration procedure, and attitude of health care providers were collected using questionnaire. Responses were collected in the 5-point Likert scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Of the 70 respondents, 45 of them were females and majority (65/70) travelled <3 km to reach the camp site. Since the school venue had a sufficient number of rooms, around (87.9%) of attendees felt that the venue was comfortable with adequate privacy. Half of the participants felt that the waiting time for registration and consultation of the doctor was not very long. Around three-fourth (74.3%) of the participants felt that they need to wait for long time to receive the drugs, yet they said they do not mind waiting for the same. Behavior of the healthcare provider such as spending sufficient time with patient (82.9%), doing thorough examination (85.7%) and, explaining about the drugs and diet (87.1%) was considered to be satisfactory. However, half of the camp attendees felt that the doctors should have been more friendly (54.3%).

Overall, this camp which was conducted from coordination from multiple departments and community groups showed good attendance and captured good satisfaction among camp attendees. However, this exit interview may not capture the true perception of people who did not attend the camp. To limit this bias, suggestion box was kept in the exit to encourage the participants to express their views without the fear of anonymity. Totally 15 written responses were collected from the suggestion box. Of the 15, nine mentioned that the attendees were satisfied with the screening for noncommunicable disease in the general camp. Two attendees (2/9) also made a comment that there should be a proper continuum of care in terms of referral to higher center or nearby health facilities for those who were newly detected to have disease during screening. The majority of the patients (8/15) were satisfied with the crowd management as people were allowed to go in batches. They opined that provision of facilities such as vision charting (4/15), echocardiography (3/15), and blood investigations (2/15) at camp site itself are the facilitating factors to motivate more number of people from the surrounding villages to attend the camp.

Conducting a health camp by tertiary care facilities needs to concentrate on various principles of co-ordinating with multiple specialties and private health care providers, collaboration with nongovernmental organization, and, community participation to reach the unreached successfully. Moreover, these camps act as an opportunity to orient medical graduates toward health needs of common people and to identify the potential role of various non-health personnel in implementing health measures.


Authors gratefully acknowledges the participation of residents from Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Consultants and Para Medical personnel from various departments of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Arvind Eye Hospital, Puducherry, Mobile Dental Services and Volunteers from "Integrated Social Service Organisation - Abhisekappakkam, Puducherry."

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Guidelines for Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNC); 2013. p. 1-38. Available from: http://www.pbnrhm.org/docs/vhsnc_guidelines.pdf [Last accessed on 2015 June 07].  Back to cited text no. 1
Financial Management Group, National Rural Health Mission. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. E-Training Module on "Induction & Orientation." 2011. p. 1-69. Available from: http://www.nrhmtn.gov.in/pip/pip10_11N.pdf [Last accessed on 2015 June 07].  Back to cited text no. 2
Patel V, Patel VR. MCI regulations on graduate medical education, 2012 - Are we ready for paradigm shift. NHL J Med Sci 2012;1:5-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
Medical Council of India Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. Available from: www.mciindia.org [Last accessed on 2015 June 07].  Back to cited text no. 4


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