Seva in West Bengal
In its continuous endeavour in controlling and monitoring non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as Diabetes and Hypertension, adopted patients have been constantly monitored with medications, showing significant results in maintaining a controlled lifestyle for these chronic patients. Each day, two nodal points have being accessed with the fabricated Mobile Medical Units.
More than 75 camps have been organised to cater to 20 nodal points of 100 cluster villages in six districts of West Bengal and one district each in Jharkhand and Assam.
8,338 consultations have been done for chronic patients, symptomatic diseases and child health screening under the DCHP guidelines of Rastriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK).
14 Telemedicine Sessions have been done in DEIC centre of East Singbhum Sadar Hospital, Jharkhand and at Sri Sathya Sai Amrutham, Speciality OPD Centre, West Bengal, for 19 paediatric cardiac cases where three children were successfully operated upon, completely free of cost.
24-hour Telemedicine Facilities
With the aim of connecting every heart with innernet technology and serving mankind in the pandemic situation where people do not have much access to speciality consultations, Aarogya Vahini has started 24-hour Telemedicine facilities. Till date, consultations have been done in the field of General Medicine, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Orthopedics and so on.
Capacity Building of Community Health Worker
With focus on NCD Screenings in Rural India, there have been consistent efforts of Monitoring and Regular Follow ups For Hypertension and Diabetes in Periodic frequency; penetrating deep into every rural household, with initiatives of capacity building of community health workers to be the first point of help in their own villages. Local volunteers have been trained in various aspects of using equipment, IT skills, basic first aid, pharma, cancer screening tools, soft skills and such. Weekly, one day is dedicated to different nodal points for training of local people with the help of audio-video presentations.
84 cataract surgeries from 20 different interior villages of West Bengal were facilitated. Patients have been screened with ‘3netra’ – a specially designed, on ground, portable machine which enables the detection of cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Confirmed patients underwent with pre-OT check-ups and investigation for fitness for surgery. From the day of detection to the last day of receiving spectacles – complete handholding has been ensured for the beneficiaries, including logistics.
2,000 households have been identified in seven districts of West Bengal who have limited access to resources because of restrictions on movement and other constraints due to COVID-19 lockdown. Grocery kits contained essentials food items like rice, pulses, flour, oil, sugar and baby food. These kits were delivered to families with infants, elders and day-wagers prioritising families with differently able individuals.
In the districts of Durgapur and Asansol, grocery kits were delivered to local community kitchens for daily Narayan Seva to the needy people of the community.
Families of the Breakfast Seva School children, families with critical patients were also supported with the monthly ration, medicine and other necessary items.
Protective Gears for Care Givers and Medicines for Chronic Patients
With the help of a voluntary participation team, over 10,000 PPE, 14,000 N95 masks, 30,000 surgical masks for the frontline warriors of COVID-19 have been delivered to various institutions in West Bengal. Rural, chronic patients were supported with two months of medicines to avoid adverse effects of diabetes and hypertension.
As the team stays beholden to the Divine in seeking opportunities for Seva, the Divine intervenes in its own ways through His embodiments in guiding its path. The team facilitated in creating a Zero Contact Covid Kiosk for visiting patients and Health teams in Hospitals, ensuring a reduction of morbidity in such times of pandemic in highly contaminated environments!