NINE MONTHS pregnant Pavitra (32) is thrilled at the prospect of getting proper pre-natal and post-natal care after she visited the ‘Outreach Health Service’ camp near her hut in Jagannath Nagar area of the City on Sunday. Distance had prevented her from regularly visiting the government health facilities, but with a health camp at her doorstep, she is happy to consult the gynaecologists about precautions to be taken in coming days.
Pavitra was not alone. There were long queues at the camp and more than 90 women including 25 expecting mothers, and 400 other persons, including 200 children, availed the benefit of health facilities at the Saraswati Maurya Vidyalaya at Jagannath Nagar in Banganga area, one of the four venues where ‘Outreach Health Service’ camps are being organised on first Sunday of every month.
Camps were held at Kamal Community Hall, Khajarana; New Bharati Vidya Mandir, Pavanpuri; Jeevandeep Knitting Centre, Moosakhedi and Jagannath Nagar, Banganga to cater to the health needs of nearly 100 slum dwellers. The District Health Department, in partnership with Urban Health Resource Centre (UHRC) and other NGOs, has come up with this novel idea to take to the slums dwellers the health services, particularly maternal and childcare.
Department’s ANMs and volunteers from NGOs Sikoidicon, IDSS, Sahayata, Pushpakunj and Bal Niketan Sangh took efforts to mobilise the slum dwellers to attend the camp. State Bank of Indore provided the entire medicine for the Jagannath Nagar camp.
The camp at Jagannath Nagar, which was conducted by Bal Niketan Sangh of Padmashree Shalinitai Moghe, had four doctors — general physician, two paediatricians and a gynaecologist, and several volunteers looking after registration and medicine distribution, according to Nandan Hardikar, programme coordinator of Bal Niketan Sangh..
“Encouraged with the response, our focus has now been mainly on high-risk pregnant woman and high-risk neonates. Immunisation of women started last time and this time, even children below 5 years would be immunised,” Prabhat Kumar Jha, Programme Support Officer of the UHRC said.
Gynaecologist Dr Nilima Admane said, “The most prominent problems among pregnant ladies in this area are anaemia, back-ache and genital infections. Most of these women are malnourished so it is bound to affect the child they are carrying.” The camp statistics also helps to identify malnourished children, who need proper care.
Moghe, whose work for the past more than 50 years speaks for itself, and State Bank of Indore Deputy General Manager D J Mankad were present on the occasion. More than 1500 persons were checked at the four venues on Sunday and 50 pregnant women and 100 children were vaccinated, Jha added.
Age no bar for social work
Lighthouse for the society at 93, the frail, barely four-feet tall Shalinitai Moghe says: “I feel bad to see such poverty everywhere.
Even after so many years of independence, this issue has not been addressed. Poverty is the cause why these people are unaware of basic healthcare. The government has funds and every other thing, then when will the attitude change? We are trying whatever little we can.”Not just an officer but also a good corporate citizen State Bank of India’s Deputy General Manager D J Mankad says: “Though we are a business house, we feel it is our duty to do something for the society from where we get our business.
Basically, it’s an effort at giving back to the society what we gain from it. And mind you, I am here not to verify if these people are actually utilising our medicines. I am here to involve myself in the noble cause as a bank representative.”