The staff members of Sambhavna Trust Clinic, a charitable institution that works for the gas tragedy affected persons, expressed concerns about the poor medical care, research and rehabilitation of the survivors in the government sector.
Addressing a press conference ahead of the 30th anniversary of the disaster, the clinic staffers said the government should do more to ensure better care and rehabilitation of the survivors as well as those affected by the water and soil contamination due to hazardous waste of Union Carbide.
The staff members also shared the work that the clinic is doing for the persons affected in both ways.
“Our records show that it is possible to develop inexpensive, safe, simple and most importantly effective treatments for diseases caused by toxic exposure,” said Dr ND Sahu, a physician at the clinic.
Salman Hameed, a community health worker associated with the clinic, said the clinic runs successful TB and malaria control programmes, screening for cervical cancer and anaemia and equip people to address local health threats.
Shahanaz Ansari, in-charge of documentation at the clinic, said the community research unit had just completed a three-year study involving more than one lakh people.
The study looks at prevalence of cancers, tuberculosis, paralysis and birth defects as well as development problems of children and reproductive history of women. She said the results of the study would soon be sent for publication in international peer reviewed journals.
The Sambhavna Trust is organising a one-day seminar on ‘medical issues of victims of Union Carbide’ and an inter-collegiate medical quiz competition at Gandhi Bhavan.
The Chingari Trust that runs a rehabilitation centre for seven years claimed to have been able to make positive impact in health and developmental process of children.
Addressing a press conference, the trust staffers said that currently, they have more than 700 children registered of whom approximately 200 children attend the Rehabilitation Centre daily and for free of charge. Some of the children who are availing the services at the clinic and their parents were also present. Nusrat, mother of nine-year-old Zehra, said the child with cerebral palsy had shown remarkable improvement in the last few years.
About 30 children with autism, behavioural problems, sensory disorders and developmental delays are treated and vast improvement in behavioural change has been noticed in these children,” said Dr Poonam Gaur, occupational therapist.
Nausheen Khan, speech therapist, also reported vast improvement in skill of the children with speech and hearing impairment. Community health workers said that 21 special children of Chingari has started going to normal school.
Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, co-founders and managing trustees of the Chingari Trust, said they were happy that so many children coming to Chingari have shown positive changes in their lives.