Oachira Parabrahma Temple, a famous pilgrimage site in South India is well known for the Panthrandu Vilakku Mahotsav, conducted each year, in November, for twelve days. With lakhs of devotees visiting and staying at locally provided lodges and temporary huts on the premises of the temple grounds, the residence become home to communicable diseases like typhoid, diarrhoea, fever, dysentery etc. that spread during this period. While the government undertakes preventive measures to fight the diseases, it is insufficient to reach every needy.
Considering the tragic situation of pilgrims, Lions Club of Oachira, under the guidance of Dr. Gopalkrishna Pillai decided to conduct a medical camp for twelve days. Seeing the impact the camp had on the needy, Lions Club of Oachira decided that they must continue with the service, and ever since, Dr. Gopalkrishna has been conducting the camp from 1995 to date. The camp is conducted in a temporary shed where several doctors offer free service to the needy. While medicines were earlier provided by private doctors, today, they are distributed freely by Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, Para Medical Staff are also made available to assist during the mega Ayurveda Medical Camp.
With help from Lion Dr. Ravikumar Kallyanisseril who has been ensuring that sufficient medical aid is available through the days of the camp, the camps have been successfully providing medical assistance and containing communicable diseases. Each year medicines, worth more than INR 300,000 are distributed to about 15,000 patients, who would not have had access to medical assistance, had it not been for the efforts of Dr. Pillai and the Lions Clubs of Oachira.
Says Dr. P. R. Gopalakrishna Pillai, “I am extremely happy to be able to conduct this camp and be of help to those in need. I thank Dr. Kallyanisseril and all those who help me in this noble effort, and I’m sure the Lions Clubs of Oachira will continue to provide this service to the pilgrims. Because, this is what Lionism is about, helping where help is needed”.