When the Vishnu Pooja Festival took over Pandharpur, Maharashtra, this year, it was a celebration of not just faith, but also healthcare. The Maharashtra Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in an unprecedented collaboration with Bhairavnath Sugar Industries and the RK HIV AIDS Research and Care Centre, set a Guinness World Record, serving over 1.1 million patients in a free medical camp.
Healthcare in India, a nation where the World Bank states only 2.4 doctors are available per 1,000 people in 2020, has long been a critical issue. The success of this medical camp, which included specialized services from renowned hospitals like Jaslok, Lilavati, Jupiter, and HCG, highlights the potential for a collective approach to public healthcare.
Dr. Dharmendra Kumar, at the helm of this initiative, carries a history of serving over 35 million individuals through more than 29,000 medical camps. His efforts underline the power of community-centered healthcare and the possibilities it holds for India’s health scenario.