Mar 13, 2020

Health Service persistent in deep Sunderbans

Emergency Service at the Rural Health Centre
Emergency Service at the Rural Health Centre

The robust health Team ofSabuj Sangha’ continued reaching out the hard to reach communities in remote villages of vastly spread deep Sunderbans within South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India. Thus the ill rated people still deprived of basic amenities like education, employment, health etc. and continued to live at the mercy of destiny are now gradually getting the essential health facilities. Besides, services through their established Rural Health Centre at remote Nandakumarpur village namely ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ also continued where people from remotely located villages availing the health services.

Health care service through OPD at Rural Health Care Unit – ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’

OPD clinics at ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ remained operational and treatment including diagnostic services continued during February, 2020. The trend of diseases which were observed during February was common cough & cold, fever, eye related problem, gastroenteritis, hypertension, ache in bone joints, complications due to high sugar, respiratory trouble, abdominal pain, skin infection etc. During February, 2020 total 496 patients received health care facilities through OPD services.  

Diagnostic cares provided:

-        Pathology: 214

-        ECG: 28, 

-        USG: 55 and

-        X-Ray: 44

Health care services through IPD

Through IPD general patients as well as patients through Govt. Health schemes were treated and institutional deliveries conducted. During February-2020, the number of persons provided health care in IPD through RHTC are as follows:

-         IPD through Govt. Scheme: 1

-         Others: 5

Health services through Outreach Health Camp

Health checkup & treatment facility with medicinal support & diagnostic care through outreach camps were provided to people, which benefitted people to a large extent. It has been noticed that; the people are gradually being conscious to take care of their health and as such, patient’s flow increased. The type of diseases treated was same as mentioned under OPD services. During February, 2020 – 1002 patients were treated through outreach camps.

Case Story

The Sabuj Sangha Community Health Worker of my village- Ms. Gouri* Mandal called me one day at the Adolescent Girls’ Meeting at our own village. I attended the meeting – it has been an amazing experience- I never ever had before.” Says 19 years old girl Tanima*Sen after attending the meeting on 5th December, 2019. She hails from Kamdebpur village in Achintyanagar Gram Panchayat under Patharpratima administrative block of South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal.

Gradually after the meeting, Tanima*’s weight, nutrition level (through Mid- Upper Arm Circumference- MUAC) and Haemoglobin status were measured. It was found that 19 Years old Tanima* weighs only 32 Kg. with 8.8 gm/dl Haemoglobin level. She expressed in surprise, “For the first time in my life I came to know about my body weight and nutrition level etc. I wondered to hear that I am malnourished.”

The Sabuj Sangha Community Health Worker- Ms. Gouri Mandal* started visiting Tanima*and her other family members. They, thus, were educated on needs of Proper Nutrition and help identify sources of Nutrition available in nature. She also advised them on supplementary nutrition which were later provided to her from Sabuj Sangha. Thus, gradually they learnt about Malnourishment – its viscous impacts, the essentiality to improved Nutrition Level, Body Weight and Haemoglobin status for leading a healthy life.

Sabuj Sangha also trained and supported the family to create Nutrition Kitchen Garden at their homestead land with materials, seeds etc. Thus the family now has their own Nutrition Garden. Later, on measuring Tanima*’s haemoglobin level on 6th January and 29th February, 2020 it was found at 9.8gm /dl and 10.9gm/dl respectively. Her body weight was also increased by 2 Kgs.

Tanima* with a wide smile in deep gratitude says exuberantly, “The Nutrition Garden has widened our knowledge, understanding and has opened a new dimension of life to us. It is giving us fresh nutritious greens without the any chemical pesticides or fertilizers - encouraged us to stay healthy. We are deeply indebted to Sabuj Sangha. And will surely tell all others in my vicinity on our experience the need to remain healthy always.”

 

* Names of all individuals altered to maintain safety and privacy

 

We are deeply moved by the generousity of the people supporting us in our mission for sharing hands to the most needed communities in deep Sunderbans. We hope that this support will remain contnued. 

 

We appeal to all others to please join us in our mission and support us reaching the goals for a Healthy Sunderbans community. 

Waiting to see Doctor at one of the outreach camps
Waiting to see Doctor at one of the outreach camps
Care to the Seniors
Care to the Seniors
Health Workers Interacting with Adolescent Girls
Health Workers Interacting with Adolescent Girls
Blood Sample Test of Adolescent Girls
Blood Sample Test of Adolescent Girls
Tanima* now doing well
Tanima* now doing well
Tanima* - father & Health Worker: Nutrition Garden
Tanima* - father & Health Worker: Nutrition Garden
Mar 13, 2020

Madhumita* steady at her pursuit to earn dignity

Madhumita* determined to reach her pursuit
Madhumita* determined to reach her pursuit

Can you recall Madhumita* Mandal?

She is the girl from remote Nandakumarpur village in forested Sunderbans delta in Mathurapur II Block within South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal crossed the First Milestone in her way to Education- succeeded in the first public test and 10th Standard Board Examination ‘Madhyamik Pariksha’ last year (in 2019)- we published the report on .

Madhumita* is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme at the Nandakumarpur Nayantara Centre since 2017. Hailed from a family where sometimes people wait to have some Food items to come due to dearth of earning crossing the Milestone of Madhyamik Pariksha is surely a remarkable achievement for a girl like Madhumita*. She now has become 17.8 Years and studying in 11th standard at the closely located Nandakumarpur High School (Higher Secondary).

Madhumita*’s father is a farmer with a small landholding and also works as a daily wage labourer in other cultivation fields in the vicinity. He is the lone earner in the family and on an average earn around INR 3000.00- 3500.00 per month. Her mother a homemaker - manages the family expenses in such steep hardness with an everlasting smile. She also supports her husband in the farming activities.

Madhumita* is determined to continue her studies further and aspires to become a successful person, able to earn for her family with a dignified profession. Madhumita’s parents are proud with her achievement and expressed their gratitude to Nayantara in guiding her. They aspire to see their daughter successful and will support her in all her futureventures.

Madhumita has plans to complete the Higher Secondary level education and go for training to become a Nurse by profession and serve the community with dignity holding her head up.

* Names of all individuals altered to maintain safety & privacy.

Sabuj Sangha’s relentless effort to empower the adolescent girls belonging to marginalized vulnerable communities is now running 4 years. We are grateful to all those who continued supporting the Noble Cause of empowering the Adolescent Girls in the remote corners close to the forest infested Sunderbans. The support you made are utilized for their education, nutrition, trainings etc. to make them more self sufficient and build their dream career.

This efforts are also creating a bunch of girls who are acting as catalyst and watch dog oh the community who are fighting against the social menaces of Child Marriage, Girl Child ignorance, Exploitation in various ways etc.

Yet we need to walk miles to reach our target of attaining thousands such girls in the remote villages. We direly need your support more & more in this regard. Please also tell your friends and spread the message for the needs of empowering such girls who have every possibility to bloom to be as responsible persons in the society.

Madhumita* with her father before their house
Madhumita* with her father before their house
Madhumita* at her house while studying
Madhumita* at her house while studying
Mar 12, 2020

Support for better health consistent in Alipurduar

Checking Pains
Checking Pains

Sabuj Sangha in consortium with National Health Mission (NHM) and Health Department- Govt. of West Bengal continued their consistent health outreach camps at the forest infested closed tea garden areas of Alipurduar district to the extremely hard to reach communities at Himalayan Doors in West Bengal, India. We are deeply indebted to National Health Mission (NHM) and Health Department- Govt. of West Bengal to retain the consortium in these noble essential efforts with facilities like free doctor’s consultation, medication, counseling, pathological diagnostic cares, reference for further treatments, arrangement to send critical cases to better health institutions, reference, referral cases to the govt. hospitals.etc.

The hard to reach now closed 6 closed tea garden areas are:

  1. Dhumsipara Tea Garden
  2. Hantapara Tea Garden 
  3. Garganda Tea Garden 
  4. Birpara Tea Garden 
  5. Dimdima Tea Garden and
  6. Tulsipara Tea Garden 

We continue to organize multiple medical camps at each of the locations so that all patients can be taken into complete health care observation and required follow ups. The commonly seen health issues in these areas are Cold, Fever, Gynaecological Problems, Hypertension, Anaemia etc. From the remotest corners of these areas ailing people thus avail these services to their close proximity.

Special care services of pregnant mothers through different kinds of tests, like-HIV, Haemoglobin, Blood group etc. and providing medicines following the doctor’s advices continued to be catered. Health issues related to increasing age and/or adolescence are also treated.

During February, 2020 we organized 25 such Medical Camps and served 2469 Patients by experienced Doctors. Out of which there are 71 cases are of reproductive health. Around 550 Diagnostic tests were made in the month of February, 2020. 66 Patients are sent to Govt. Hospitals as referral cases which cannot be addressed in the Camps.

We are greatly indebted to those who continued to support us in the noble initiative to reach out and serve the earlier unreached people.

We hope that this support would be continued for reaching out more un-reached people who are still deprived of the basic services of Health required essentially. 

Please keep on communicating all your friends and acquaintance for extending their support and join our hands in the initiative which needed to be continued for the most misfortune ailing people in remote Alipurduar, West Bengal, India.

Que to see Doctor
Que to see Doctor
Rush at Doctor's Table
Rush at Doctor's Table
At Medicine Counter
At Medicine Counter
Blood Test
Blood Test
 
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