A Brief report of the Winter Relief & Medical Camps held at Thanga Ithing & Thanga Karang Island on 28.12.2018
The Ramakrishna Mission, Babupara, Imphal, organised winter relief (blanket distribution) and free medical camps on 28th of December, 2018, the holy tithi puja day of
The first camp of the day was at Thanga Ithing village, on bank of Loktak, some 50 Kms (1.5 hrs drive) from Imphal, where woolen blankets were distributed to 134 villagers (80 locals and 54 from Loktak Ngaram Mamang village).
The second camp was organised at Thanga Karang, an Island Village, accessible only via waterways. To reach there we drove further 10 kms from Ithing and then had to shift, along with the relief materials, to a ferry boat and sail for another half an hour to reach the secluded Island. Also, a team of 3 doctors, 7 Para Medical staff and 10 volunteers reached the Island beforehand, directly from Imphal, with the necessary medicines, etc., to set up the Medical Camp. Here, it was arranged that apart from the Islanders, the villagers residing in Keibul Lamjao National Park (the only floating National Park in the world where the residents live in floating houses made over Phumdis) shall also assemble to receive blankets and to avail of the free medical services offered at our medical camp.
At the Thanga Karang Camp, 270 blankets were distributed to the beneficiaries and 208 patients received free medical assistance & medicines. These include 130 eye-patients, who were examined by a team of Ophthalmologists from Shija Hospital, Imphal. Several cases of Cataract, Pterygium, Entropion & DCR, were detected among eye patients and were referred for further treatment.
It is to be observed that the residents of this isolated Island have to struggle with nature, throughout all seasons, and on that, occasionally, even the waterways
Even here also, like our earlier experiences of relief camps, we found the rural people & the beneficiaries very cordial & cooperative. The villagers were happy on receiving the blankets and medical care, as, being located on this remote Island, it is rare for the people of this place that any Non-Government agency reach out to them. The local representatives and others involved also appreciated our systematic & organized way of conducting the camps. Also, we had informed the Superintendent of Police about our relief camps and requested
Swami Nareshananda, accompanied with a monastic brother, along with our Managing Committee President, Sri P. Dhanakumar Singh (Retd. IPS), & few other committee members, our Mission Staffs and Volunteers, went to conduct the relief camps. Sri P. Dhanakumar had earlier served as the Superintendent of Police of the district, and thus using his good offices and knowledge about the place, helped greatly in the planning & execution of the camps.
The setting up of the Free medical camp was facilitated by
Thus, in all, as part of our winter relief services, 500 Woollen Blankets have been distributed by us in Bishnupur & Imphal West districts. The Blankets were provided by the Relief Services Department of the Headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission at Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal.
We would like to assert that all the service activities of the Ramakrishna Mission are rendered to the beneficiaries, irrespective of caste, creed, race or
Please find below some images of the relief camps.
Om! Sri Ramakrishnarpanamastu!