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COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH PROGRAM, SUNDARBAN

A CSR Initiative of

             

Indian Oil Corporation Limited,A Govt. of India Enterprise

                           

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INTRODUCTION

The comprehensive health program is for provide preventable health care services to the villagers.It includes health check-up camps, provided required medicines as well as effective advices to all patient parties, seminars, rally on different health and environment related issues. 

                                  We revealed that many children here are suffering from epilepsies & cardiac problem which caused mainly due to lack of proper nutrition & knowledge in ante-natal stage. Girls of the age group 16 – 18 educated separately on the importance of cleanliness, breast care, breast feeding etc as breast feeding strengthened baby physically and mentally, reduces infant mortality. It has been found that Breast feeding reduces 19 % pneumonia were as vaccine of same (viz. quite expensive) can only do 1%.

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RESOURCE PERSONS

  • Project guide :DR. Sunil Nag (Pediatrician).
  • Chief Medical Advisor :DR.(Mrs) Rina Ghosh (Pediatrician).

• Attached Doctors

DR. C.R.Roy (Gynecologist)

DR. Prasanta Pal (General Physician)

DR. Kankar Bhattacharya (General Physician)

DR. Abhijit Roy (Pediatrician)

 

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION


SURVEY & NOTIFICATION:

Our survey team went to the project area just one week before each camp and collected all required information. They first visited government officers of Rural development authorities & local school authorities of South 24 pargana district followed by the meeting with local panchayet members. Then finally the survey team along with the health campaigners, met each family of the adopted villages and noted down their ailments, their financial status, profession, earning members, immunization of the children, food habit, sanitation habit etc. The questionnaire sheet had been prepared by our expert team to get maximum feedback from the survey. Along with that they informed the villagers about the date and the venue of the health-check up camps.

                                      On the basis of the survey report our medical team pointed out common ailments of that particular village and suggested the list of medicines which had been carried out in the upcoming camps. This report also helped us to carry out Health Camps in more organized way.

AWARENESS DRIVE


SEMINARS AND AWARENESS CAMPS:

               We believe that in the developing country like India, where still 29.5% people are categorized as BPL, mass awareness should be mandatory to combat preventable diseases. As cost of awareness is negligible compare to intervention. In viewing that each health intervention program was assisted with seminar / awareness camp. The theme of the awareness drive was ‘PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE’.

The main issues of these camps are as follows:

1. Importance of cleanliness & Good sanitation habits – Our survey team found that gastroenterological and dermatological problem is most common ailments in Sundarban. One of the main reasons is that the quality of water they use is very poor. However a number of communicable diseases can be prevented which spreads from one person to another by contaminated hands, particularly gastrointestinal infections, influenza, hepatitis A, cough and cold. Proper hand washing can prevent spread of the organisms that cause these diseases.

                     In Sundarban many women are suffering from vaginal white discharge. Dire poverty forces them to ignore personal hygiene. (However anemia is also a cause of such discharge). They are using common pond (water of most pond is very dirty), in this way this disease is spreading too. So they have been suggested to use deep tube well water for taking bath (although this sounds quit ironical, it will be very difficult for them to follow as most of the villages depends only on one such tube well which also met there need for potable water). Before they cook food or eat food they must clean their plate and utensils with potable water to avoid diseases like dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid etc.

                     Our campaigners explained the villagers hazards related to littering & defecating here & there. Proper pit latrine can avoid many communicable diseases. Children were educated that how worms attack if they walk or play with bare foot.

2. Importance of using mosquito-net, awareness on diseases like Dengue, Malaria and Kala-azar: Using mosquito-net in Sundarban area is mandatory. Mainly during summer and monsoon season a very common problem is snake-byte (Common Crait the deadliest snake of South East Asia is abundant here). This can be avoided atleast during sleeping time by using the net properly.

 3. Awareness against Unscientific and superstitious treatment & preliminary idea on First Aid: Villagers of Sundarban have to depend on quack (even for chronic or severe diseases) due to inadequate communication, lack of knowledge and terrible poverty. However our health workers, campaigners and volunteers convinced them about ill effects of superstitious treatment. Local selected people were trained on first-aid covering the following topics:

a) Primary treatment in case of snake-bite, how to identify snake-bite as venomous or non-venomous etc.

b) Stopping bleeding and wound dressing.

c) Fracture and soft tissues injury management

d) Burns and scalds etc.

e) Preparation of ORS or rehydration fluid for the patient suffering from diarrhea. And so on.

4. Awareness on ‘Beti Bachao Beti Parao’ campaign – An initiative to ‘SAVE GIRL CHILD’: Due to dire poverty and lack of proper education child marriage is a common practice in Sundarban. However our team tried their best to aware the villagers about the problems related to early marriage, early maternity, malnutrition to child & mother, ill effect of domestic violence etc.

5. Awareness on the need of Family planning and awareness on STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease), AIDS etc: (N.B. this discussion was done only for adults)

An open forum helped the community to know about the following topics:

a) Scientifically correct knowledge on various issues surrounding reproductive health, what is STD, what is AIDS, and How to get protection from these etc.

b) The concept and philosophy of family planning and its importance etc.

6. Awareness camps for the adult female audience: an open forum on gynecological problems:

Often due to shyness village girls/ women hide their problems which can be sometime fatal. Our female volunteers and campaigners met their all quarries and discussed on the following topics: a) Why and how to take care during period. Importance and procedures of cleanliness during period.

b) How to take care of their girl child psychologically and physically when they face puberty as well as period.

c) Safe family planning.

d) What is vaginal discharge and when someone need to be concerned for it, how white discharge can be avoided with proper cleanliness habit etc.

e) How cervical cancer and other STDs can be avoided by following proper sexual life and proper hygiene etc.

f) How to take care during menopause etc.

7. Special awareness camps for women and girls above 15 years on the importance of Breast Feeding, Ante-natal and Post-natal care for mother, proper immunization of baby etc.

Our survey team brought into notice the fact that many children in Sundarban are suffering from epilepsies, cardiac problem, hearing loss, low vision etc. a number of which are congenital. These originate mainly from lack of proper nutrition, knowledge and care in ante-natal stage of mother.

                              First 27 days of a new born baby is very important. Right care during this period can keep away from many ailments like respiratory infections, hearing loss, rendered formation of vital organs, etc.

                               Breast feeding strengthened baby physically and mentally, reduces infant mortality (Suboptimal breastfeeding contributes to 800,000 infant deaths worldwide annually* (Sources: www.who.org)). Babies who are fed nothing but breast milk from birth through their first 6 months of life get the best start. Exclusive breastfeeding provides babies perfect nutrition & everything they need for healthy growth and brain development; give protection from respiratory infections, diarrhoeal disease, non-communicable diseases such as asthma and diabetes and other life-threatening ailments.

                          Timely and proper immunization is mandatory for child to keep way many life-threatening diseases like tuberculosis, septicemia, diphtheria, polio etc.

                         Our female campaigners imparted this knowledge to these village women of different age group using colourful charts and infographics.

8. Seminars in local schools: Students are always in the forefront of any awareness drive. Thus we organized a number of seminars in local schools covering all major topics discussed above (except points 5, 6 and in some cases point 7). In addition to that the following issues were also conversed:

 

a) Importance of proper nutrition and personal hygiene.

b) Effect of pollution on health: Domestic waste managemen-Household hazardous waste, waste composting, how to handle plastic wastes etc.

c) Importance of afforestation,

d) Importance of biodiversity conservation etc.

e) Conservation of natural resources.

f) How to grow eco friendly habits.

 

Girls in the age group of 13 onwards were given counseling about adolescent health and problems by our female health workers/counselors.

 

 

DR. Sunil Nag,Director Aranyaj Health Service explainig the students about general health & hygeine 

 

School Camp

Thalassemia Day(8.5.16)

School Camp

Awareness Rally in World Health Day

India Oil Supported camp at Jharkhali

Notification cum sensatization

Community sensatization

ONGC sponsored health camp at Nafarganj

Survey

Awareness on Thalassemia

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