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A camp for volunteers and protesters

delhi Updated: Aug 21, 2011 23:52 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times
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It is not like any other day at work for Kavita Batra. Rather than going to her office in Noida, Batra has been heading to Ramlila Ground for the past two days. Here she provides first-aid to protesters.

“I’ve taken leave from my office and will continue to extend support to this movement through this health camp set up by the organisers. As the number of people coming to the venue has increased, many are getting injured or bruised. We are providing first-aid to such people,” said Batra.

The searing heat took its toll on the protesters, with as many as 100 fainting at the Ramlila Ground on Sunday. The health camp set up by the organisers provided instant medical help to nearly 2,000 protesters who complained of dehydration, cramps and many developed rashes on their skin with the temperature touching 35 degree Celsius on Sunday.

“By late in the evening, more than 100 persons had fainted. They were rushed to the medical camp and were given medical help,” said Krishna Ganta, member of Team Anna.

More than 60 doctors have been stationed inside the medical camp that has a well-stocked dispensary which had medicines such as painkillers and anti-histamines.

“It is an important cause and we are extending our support and help in whatever way possible. A number of people require first-aid and instant medical help which is why we have been stationed here. Most people who came to us complained of dehydration and cramps,” said Dr Dinesh Agarwal, a volunteer who works with the United Nations Population Fund.

Not only this, the health camp saw a number of people coming up and wanting to extend their support by sponsoring the medicines. “A number of people have left their phone numbers and have said that they would want to help in procuring medicines,” added Agarwal.