Childhood Nostalgia brings NRI Doctor back to Haryana Village

Dec 19, 2010

Having been born, brought up and schooled for the first seven years in Kumbha village of Hisar in Haryana, Dr. Karambir S. Dalal currently practicing successfully in the USA thought of his heritage and visited his village Kumbha to give back in whatever way he could to his community. About two months ago he came up with an idea of organizing a free medical cum health awareness camp.

He approached his elder brother Mr. B. S. Dalal who himself is a social activist intensely involved with the literacy mission. Under his leadership, the "Employees Welfare Association of Kumbha village" took on the responsibility of mobilizing the masses to avail of this opportunity of being examined in their own backyard. Dr. Dalal then approached his old medical college friends including Drs. S. Bansal, Ishwar Das, S. Rathee, Zile Singh Kundu who are now working in different institutions and specialities. They were all very forthcoming and showed great enthusiasm in making this project a grand success for the villagers. Dr. Dalal was joined by twenty two other renowned physicians including Drs. R. Sehgal, Ratna Bharti, V. Jain, R. Bansal, G. Mehta, M. Sharma, Ram Niwas, S. Dahiya, D. Goel, V. Puri on Dec.19th at GHS Kumbha and examined 1497 patients with different ailments. Patients were also provided with the free medicines.

Local social workers including ASHA workers, aanganwari workers and other concerned citizens from the surrounding villages played a significant role in spreading the word and encouraging people to seek free medical attention in their own backyard. Paramedical workers including nurses, pharmacists and lab technicians also played a vital role in making this first camp of this kind in the area.The district authorities including the local health official and red cross as well as the deputy commisioner Dr. Khyalia, Mr. Ashok Garg ADC, and Mr. Subhash Gaba SDM, Hansi also supported this just cause.With the great response insight Dr. Khyalia took advantage of the oppurtunities and also organized the 'Khula Darbar' thus doubling the advantage to the villagers. Red cross also organized a blood donation camp at the site. The Deputy Comissioner praised the Gram Panchayats of kumbha, Dhani Kumharan, Dhani Piran, Sekhpura and Depal for their active role.

Encouraged by the success of this camp, Dr. Dalal has made up his mind to visit every 1-2 years to organize similar camp.

Dr. Dalal is an Internist with office in Whiting, and practices at Community Medical Center  in Toms River & Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ

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