As a precursor to Navy Week Celebrations 2018, Indian Navy conducted a free Medical Camp at Jharkhali (South 24 Parganas) for the local populace and fishermen community in particular on September 28, 2018. Through this outreach programme the Indian Navy has brought awareness in the general public about the role and task of the Navy and also encouraged youngsters to consider Navy as a career. Though Medical Camps by Indian Navy is conducted every year, this year Medical Camp has been held in conjunction with the Community Interaction Programme (CIP) for the fishing community who are 'eyes and ears' of Coastal Security mechanism. The camp was organised by INS Netaji Subhas under the aegis of Naval Officer-in-Charge, West Bengal.
A medical team comprising of two medical officers, six para-medical staff and two senior sailors from INS Netaji Subhas have been instrumental in the conduct of the camp. The doctors conducted out-patient consultation for medical, surgical, pediatric, eye, ENT, skin and cardiology ailments, followed by distribution of medicines. People were also educated on measures to be adopted to prevent spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue. Nearly 1000 people were benefitted by the Medical Camp which was amply supported by the local administration and several volunteers. Similar medical camp is also planned by Indian Navy at Raidighi on October 31, 2018.