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Health Check Up Programme at Razole, East Godavari District.

Medical Health Check Up Programme organized at Razole Mandal, East Godavari District at Various Government Schools from 1st standard to 10th standard for 5007 students which include 2315 Boys & 2692 Girls Students. We have conducted this programme along with full Medical Team of Doctors, Paramedical Staff & Other Supportive Staff.We have visited Primary, Upper Primary & High School’s at 5 school complexes where in there are some number of schools in each complex.

Objectives of this project are:

  • Developing the human resource of a nation, especially the intellectual, social, mental, and physical abilities of children and adolescents is pre- requisite to the quality of life of its citizens. Developing human resources is also critical for national political stability and economic growth. Nations that have invested in health and education of its children and youth, experience the corresponding economic development and well-being.
  • Education and health are inseparable. Students’ health affects not only their cognitive performance in school, but also their ability to attend and stay in school over the years. To ensure attendance of the children and to enhance their ability to learn, retain and grow, their health issues need to be addressed continuously. It is in this regard that the public health system of a nation has an important role to play. It is unfortunate that our public health system is not geared up to meet the growing requirement and challenges. Almost 75% of the country’s health care requirements are being met by the private sector.
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  • Based on the research and study by various agencies, there are some startling facts about children health care i.e.:-
    1. 53% Indian kids under Age 5, lack health care i.e. 67 million live without basic health care facilities
    2. 1/3rd children in the world who do not have adequate health care facilities live in India
    3. 66% of the poorest children in India receive no or minimal health care.
    4. Indian girls are 61% more likely than boys to die between ages of one and 5. In other words, for every five boys who die, eight girls die. India has the world’s largest gender survival gap.
    5. In India, less money is spent on girl’s health care compared with boys.
    6. 48-52% children suffer from malnutrition and found under – weight.
    7. Only 33% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities which is also cause of concern.
    8. Non-availability of wholesome drinking water in the rural areas causes water-borne- disease
  • India is the second most populous country in the world with total population of over 1081 million. Adolescents (10-19 years) form a large section of population – about 22.5 percent, that is, about 225 million. They are living in diverse circumstances and have diverse health needs. The total population of young people (10-24 years) is approximately 331 million comprising nearly 30 percent of the total population of India.In spite of definite health problems they may have, it is a common observation that adolescents do not access the existing services. In India there have not been any designated services for this age group so far, leading to substantial unmet service needs. Absence of friendly staff, working hours that are inconvenient to adolescents and lack of privacy and confidentiality have been identified as important barriers in accessing health services by adolescents and young people. The health sector needs to respond by offering services to adolescents in a friendly manner and in a non-threatening environment. Apart from physical illness, there is rising trend particularly in the cities of cases of mental depression. A study conducted at Hyderabad indicated that 12 % students, majority girls suffer from hypertension because of studies. Recently there has been spate of suicide cases by students in Mumbai which is a cause of worry.
  • Unfortunately, our system is not geared up to tackle such challenges which is very vital. On the behest of Govt. of India, some State Govts. have launched ‘School Children Medical Check-up programme’ . Due to lack of resources, manpower and commitment, the programme could not produce the desired result. In most of cases, the responsibilities was given to teachers who are generally reluctant to undertake this additional burden.
  • We feel happy that we have undertaken two “Medical Health Checkup programmes” of 10,113 school children of 45 schools of Jorhat, Assam and Ankleshwar, Gujrat. Medicines were also given for minor ailments. Health cards were found to be very useful by the authorities.
  • Some of the observations based on the above medical examination are given below :-
    1. As per Nutrient Requirements and Recommended Dietary Allowances for Indians, I.C.M.R 1990, most of the students were found below recommended weight and height.
    2. BMI (Body Mass Index) which is a statistical measure of the weight of a person scaled according to height used as an indicator of obesity/ under- nutrition is calculated as below:
      BMI = Weight in Kgs / height in meter
      Indices Min Max
      Normal 18.5

      24.9

      Overweight 25.0

      29.9

      Obese 30.0 39.9
       
    3. 12% of students were found (by clinical examination) to be Anemic out of which 3.5 % were male and 8.5 % were female students.
    4. 8.3 % of students were found to be suffering from Dental-Carries – 4 % male and 4.3 % female students.
    5. 2.2 % of students were found to be suffering from Skin infection (Fungal & Bacterial) of which 1.3 % was male and 0.9 % female students.
    6. 3.52 % of students were found to be suffering from General Weakness and Worm Infestation of which 1.59 % were male and 1.92 % female students.

Mobile Medical Unit (MMU)

Taking health care to the doorsteps is the primary motive behind this initiative and is intended to reach underserved areas. Under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the Government of India launched the program as part of its endeavor to introduce healthcare awareness and contemporary healthcare services seeking behavior among the remote tribal masses and the underprivileged.

First Phase of MMU i.e., AARTHI on Wheels has reached 25724 patients in 40 Bi-Monthly visited tribal villages in the 1st year and 28329 patients in the 2nd year and in the past we have completed 22067 for a period of 9 months of 30000 target which we have achieved in Polavaram Mandal, West Godavari District.

AARTHI on Wheels operated by taking well-equipped Van with a team of 2 Qualified Doctors, 2 Staff Nurses, 1 Lab Technician, 1 Contingent Worker, Equipments to 40 Tribal Interior Villages in a organizedway out of which MMU has reached and examined 97917 people.

Rural Water Sanitation

Program at Jelugimilli Mandal, West Godavari District with the support of the Government of Andhra Pradesh and DWSM West Godavari District under the Ministry of Rural Water Supply.

Distributed beds

At various tribal boys & girls hostels and for Senior Citizens. Service homes for destitute women at Kannapuram and Vankavarigudem in the West Godavari District.

Disabled Empowerment

Programs Project at Nidadavolu, Tadepalligudem, Narsapur, Kovvur & Eluru of West Godavari District in association with MEPMA-Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas for addressing urban poverty issues in a comprehensive manner in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of Andhra Pradesh and the same is registered as a society under AP Societies Registration Act with Regd No.1120/2007. The activities of MEPMA are implemented in the name of “Indira Kranthi Patham – Urban” and it is in active phase of implementation with effect from 01.09.2007.