In Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigaon district in Assam, a mobile clinic for elephants was launched. The clinic will be treating both elephants in the sanctuary and the ones domesticated, free of cost.
Funding for the clinic will be provided by state-run Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and a Netherlands-based non-governmental organization, The Asian Elephants Foundation. Often getting elephants down for treatment is not easy and also the cost for their treatment can be very high, this mobile clinic seeks to put an end to such problems.
‘Assam-run Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and a Netherlands-based non-governmental organization, The Asian Elephants Foundation has launched a mobile clinic for elephants to treat elephants in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and the ones domesticated, free of cost.’
In order to solicit the services of the clinic people will only need to make a call and the clinic will reach their doorstep. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of Karbi Anglong Forest Department, Doctor Abhijit Rabha, said that the clinic will provide services round the clock. "Objective is to serve them 24x7 and to provide them succour at any moment anywhere in Assam and northeast," said Rabha.
However, the team, comprising of a doctor, an attendant and a driver, will not undertake any major treatments and surgeries. This mobile clinic is good news for many mahouts like Deepak Deka who cannot afford the massive costs involved in the treatment of the jumbos. "We will be very happy if these doctors keep coming here from time to time for check-ups. Our elephants have to suffer because they do not get proper treatment and we look forward to them coming back as our elephants have been carrying on without any medical treatment," said Deka. On the day of its launch itself the mobile clinic treated eight elephants besides conducting general heath check-ups and gave health advice on the elephants to mahouts.