With close affinity to the national capital, Gurugram (Haryana) has witnessed rapid urbanization and is now a financial and industrial hub with the third highest per capita income in India. But the condition is very different for the less privileged strata of the society which lies neglected in the absence of even basic amenities.
TWhen it comes to health, the major portion of this segment – wage labourers working in the unorganised sector, have neither means nor awareness to avail of the mainline medical facilities which throng the city.
Lack of proper sanitation, safe water supply, proper sewage and waste disposal facilities with most of the people defecating in open have been increasingly creating conditions where infectious diseases like dengue, malaria, chickengunia thrive, leading to an uninhabitable atmosphere.
To address the urgent healthcare needs of the neglected populace in Gurugram, Smile Foundation launched Smile on Wheels mobile hospital programme, with the support of SBI-Card.
The project will provide doorstep preventive, curative and promotive healthcare facilities in 12 slum communities spread throughout the city. Various disease patterns have been detected in the population ranging from diarrhoea, arthritis and skin infections to more serious ailments. Other than this, special awareness sessions will also be held from time to time on important health related issues for the people. Community mobilizers and volunteers make regular home visits and conduct follow ups of the treatment given. ANC and PNC are essential priorities of the project centred on making mothers and children healthier.
The project will cover 12 neglected slum locations including Wazirabad I, Dhani, Wazirabad II, Dhani, Tulip White, Jharsa, Dharam Colony, Kanai Gaon, R D City, Chandan nagar II, Nathupur Gaon, Sarol gaon, Chackarpur and Kadipur.
Door Step health facilities will provide treatment for seasonal diseases, antenatal care, post natal care, communicable diseases and other primary health issues.
There will be availability of 40 different types of medicines which will include antibiotic, antihistaminic etc. are ensured. Few of the medicines available are Amoxicillin, Cipraflox, Doxicytline.
SoW is will act as a bridge between community and government by referring patients for specialised treatments of nearby government health facilities
The Pathological Services includes tests for Haemoglobin, Diabetes, Malaria, Dengue, Typhoid, Blood Group; Pregnancy etc.
A TOTAL 460 OPDS ORGANIZED
OVER 102 ICE ACTIVITIES WERE CONDUCTED LAST YEAR, BENEFITING MORE THAN 3524 PEOPLE
1914 PATHOLOGICAL TESTS WERE CONDUCTED SO FAR.
A TOTAL OF 21248 PEOPLE BENEFITED OF WHICH 37% BENEFICIARIES WERE WOMEN