Medical

Prabhatalloi Foundation is based in the village of Dabar but its work also extends to six nearby villages. We aim to change our community for the better in as many ways as we can. While considering ways of doing this we came to realize that personal and public health is fundamentally important to everything we do.

 

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The region where we live regularly suffers severe drought and every year we are forced to deal with a scarcity of water. We do try to conserve the water which falls during the heavy monsoon rains of July and August but they are not sufficient to cover our needs for all of the rest of the year. The climate is dry and the atmosphere dusty. The people who live here are mostly very poor, living below even India’s poverty line, and most of the people here depend upon agriculture to try to sustain a living.

Because of these conditions, our people are more at risk from diseases and ailments which are the consequence of such poverty. It is the women and children who suffer the most in this respect. We have found that most of the village’s women suffer from malnutrition, white discharge, skin problems, stomach problems and other illnesses specifically related to women. Old people have stomach problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and other old age related problems. And because of the poor quality of the drinking water a great many people suffer from diarrhea. Many children suffer from malnutrition.

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Many people cannot go regularly to hospital or see a doctor. The government hospital is twelve kilometers away from our area and there is no regular transportation available. So diseases which could respond to early diagnosis and treatment end up becoming more serious and chronic.

We carried out a survey and came to the conclusion that we needed to set up a medical clinic which was free to all the villagers. Allopathic medicine is costly and treatments often involve side effects so we opted to make homeopathic treatment available.

We set up a small homeopathic clinic on the grounds of our school and appointed a doctor, a nurse and a helper. We provide free medicines. We chose a woman doctor in the expectation that the village women would feel more relaxed confiding in her. The doctor comes twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At first around 10 to 12 patients came each day for consultation. Now, after four years, this number has expanded to around thirty patients a day on average.

Two of our medical staff began regularly to visit the nearby leprosy village to monitor blood pressure and the general health of the older people in the village. They too receive free medicine.

We also provide our village midwife with bandages, scissors, gloves and other tools she needs to work with local, pregnant women. Although our center is small it has been of great benefit. Aside from providing medicines, carrying out regular monitoring makes it possible to make an early diagnosis of conditions which would otherwise become serious. If patients need to be referred to hospital then we can try to help not just with the transport but also with what to the patient can be a bewildering process of getting treatment. We also believe that the local people’s health consciousness has been raised by having a local, convenient medical center of their own.

 

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