Slum docs’ queue of 8,000 patients

Dr Vijay Bangar who runs the Slumdoctor charity, pictured at home in Halifax.  24 may 2011.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Dr Vijay Bangar who runs the Slumdoctor charity, pictured at home in Halifax. 24 may 2011. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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A TOP doctor at Calderdale Royal Hospital is on the hunt for medical staff to support his charity that helps poverty-stricken parts of India.

Dr Vijay Bangar, a diabetes consultant, spearheads the Slumdoctor Project, which creates a makeshift camp every year in the village of Phillaur to deliver life-saving treatments.

Last year, 8,000 patients were seen by a 30-man medical team and doctors and nurses are now needed to volunteer for this year’s trip.

Dr Bangar said: “This represents the chance to help some of the poorest people in the world and make life-changing interventions.

“Last year, thousands of people travelled by foot up to 100km to our medical camp to be seen.

“They ranged from children to the very elderly.

“Our remit was to see every person who came through the doors. No one was turned away.

“We saw some very poorly patients, some of whom required urgent hospital treatment.

“We purchased drugs locally and dispensed them as required and arranged for operations to be carried out at local hospitals.

“We were overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by the people we treated and their friends and relatives.”

The camps, which have been running for seven years, originally started off small but have doubled in size every year.

The charity organises fund-raising events all year round to raise cash for the annual trip.

The next camp is planned on March 23-25.

To find out more, visit www.slumdoctor.co.uk or find ‘Slumdoctor Project’ on Facebook.