1. Health Care
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The rural and tribal population located in the sub-districts (talukas) of Dharampur and Kaprada in Valsad district, South Gujarat rank amongst the poorest in the state of Gujarat. As a result, they have very little to eat and suffer from severe malnutrition. The abject poverty coupled with the high level of illiteracy that is rife in these areas makes them highly vulnerable to various diseases and illnesses.
To alleviate the suffering and help reduce the misery and pain of these underprivileged people is the main purpose of the 'Health Care' initiative of the Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care Programme. The focus is to treat them with love and compassion, with quality medical care, at highly subsidised rates or totally free. Efforts are also being made to increase health awareness throughout the community. Over 4.5 lakh patients have been treated till date through the hospital, viklang centre, medical camps and the outreach programme.
Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital, a charitable, multi-speciality hospital, opened its heart to the community with the Divine inspiration of Pujya Gurudevshri, in the year 2004. Situated in the heart of Dharampur town, it aims at providing high quality medical care at a nominal rate, to the people of Dharampur-Kaprada and adjoining rural areas. It also aims at creating awareness on health related issues at all levels of society.
The hospital has charitable allopathic and homeopathic dispensaries, which cater to the needs of the local population at highly subsidised rates. The hospital enjoys a bed capacity of 55.
SRH offers a wide range of services through its in-house departments and facilities, which include the following:
|Obstetrics and Gynaecology||Paediatrics and Neonatology|
|General Surgery||Endoscopy and Laparoscopy|
|Paediatric Orthopaedics||Paediatric Ophthalmology|
|Radiology & Ultrasonography||Echocardiography (2-D Echo) and Colour Doppler|
|Physiotherapy||Two Operation Theatres|
|ICU with 6 beds||Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)|
|Separate General Wards
||24-hours Emergency Service with
|Blood Storage Unit|
|24-hours Cardiac Ambulance Service||Homeopathy|
One of the challenges before SRH is, how to inform underprivileged and unwell tribal people, living far away and with virtually non-existent access to TV, radio or newspapers, that a charitable hospital is built and available just to serve them.
To accomplish this, SRH networks continually with:
- Local NGOs like Bhansali Trust, Jasoda Narottam Public Charity Trust (JNPCT), BAIF, Nandigram Trust, Action Research Community Health (ARCH)
- More than 400 schools
- Almost 900 Aanganwadi staff
- Around 170 doctors, nurses and other staff of local Government Health Centres
By partnering with these organisations and institutes, SRH is effectively able to extend its reach in Dharampur and its surrounding areas for serving the underprivileged.
First Referral Unit:
Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital has been declared as a First Referral Unit (FRU) Unit in Valsad district by the Gujarat Government. The FRU status is granted to hospitals that are fully equipped to provide round-the-clock services such as Emergency Obstetric Care, Newborn Care, Emergency Care of sick children etc. There are several government-run Public Health Centres (PHCs) in the rural areas of Valsad District where patients go for primary medical aid. When these PHCs need to refer the patients to a hospital for advanced treatment, they refer them to SRH.
Making a difference:
SRH is the only hospital in the area of Dharampur and Kaprada that...
- Treats high-risk patients who test positive for Hepatitis B and/or HIV
- Treats spastic children, children with severe deformities and adults who are physically challenged
- Is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even on Diwali and other holidays
- Employs 17 Full Time Resident Doctors
- 4 Consultant Doctors (Gynaecologist, Paediatrician, Physician and Surgeon)
- 12 RMOs
- 1 Dentist
It remains today, the best-equipped hospital in Dharampur and Kaprada.
SRH is also registered under ADIP scheme of Government of India and conducts camps in remote areas to supply aids and appliances to the physically challenged underprivileged individuals, free of cost.
To view details of the beneficiaries under ADIP scheme, click here.
As per the last census report, there are thousands of physically challenged individuals in the Valsad district.
Two week-long medical camps for the physically challenged were organised in November 2004 and December 2005. As a preparation for these medical camps, survey camps were held in Dharampur and surrounding areas. These camps helped identify those who required callipers, jaipur foot, crutches, tricycles and wheelchairs, and almost 4,700 appliances were provided free of charge.
SRVC, for the Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged, was established in January 2011.
SRVC is a child friendly, state-of-the-art unit with its primary goal to make the entire Valsad District Viklang-Free (Disability-Free) by providing holistic rehabilitation services for the physically challenged.
The activities of the Centre are sub-divided into three parts:
- Manufacturing & fitting of artificial limbs
- Physiotherapy, with special focus on paediatric and cerebral palsy patients
- Corrective surgeries for managing physical deformities
- Paediatric orthopaedic consultations & corrective surgeries (once a week)
- Adult orthopaedic consultations (twice a month)
- Paediatric neurophysiology consultations (once a month)
- Speech therapy (twice a month)
- Prosthetics & orthotics (for artificial aids & appliances)
- Physiotherapy (Paediatric & Adult)
- Occupational Therapy
Services mentioned above are offered at highly subsidised rates and free-of-cost wherever required.
The Centre, though in a state of infancy, is already a one-of-its-kind in the entire Valsad district and is a lifeline for the inhabitants of an area, which ranks amongst the poorest in Gujarat.
Eminent paediatric orthopaedists from Mumbai, Surat and Vadodara provide their consultative services at the Centre. Selected cases, where required, are operated upon by these consultants to correct and manage the physical deformities. Till date, more than 180 surgeries have been performed.
The striking feature about the department of Prosthetics & Orthotics (P & O) is that the artificial limbs and aids are specifically designed by the P & O engineer and are tailor-made by the technicians for every patient. Appropriate training is provided by the therapist for optimum use of the artificial limb or aid which is handed over to the patient only once he / she is fully trained in using it.
Four physiotherapists & one occupational therapist are attached full time with SRVC and serve all the patients with dedication, love and care.
Keeping in view that rehabilitation is a long term process and patients coming to SRVC are from distant areas, the Centre offers a residential facility for such patients & their relatives.
Till date, more than 1,000 patients have availed the various in-house services offered by SRVC.
SRVC works in partnership with various NGOs like the Bhansali Trust, JNPCT, BAIF & government units like Primary Health Centres, Aanganwadis etc. to reach out to even more underprivileged patients in need of treatment.
Various camps are organised periodically, in far-flung, remote villages to serve patients at their doorsteps. Selected patients are then referred to SRVC for further treatment. Camps are also conducted in-house at the Centre. From January 2011 till date, 27 camps have been conducted, benefitting almost 1,400 patients. More than 200 patients have received appliances or artificial limbs as needed. Other patients have been referred to SRVC for physiotherapy or specialised medical consultations.Contribute
SRH has organised numerous free, large-scale multi-diagnostic and treatment camps. These camps are organised a number of times in a year. Medical specialists from over 15 different disciplines like surgery, medicine, cardiology, diabetes, paediatrics, gastroenterology, gynaecology, ENT, dentistry, sonography, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, pathology, speech therapy and homeopathy - have treated the local patients with great love and care, rendering services of the highest order.
Camps dedicated to the treatment of specific disorders have also been periodically conducted by medical specialists, at the hospital and various villages. Additionally, the services of specialists and super-specialists from Mumbai, Surat and Vapi have also been made available at these free medical camps. Thus, these camps have provided an excellent platform to the rural population to benefit from expert medical guidance and treatment, free of cost.
Blood donation camps are organised annually at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, in which hundreds of participants donate blood enthusiastically. On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, 2012, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur received an award for being the 3rd highest in Voluntary Blood Donation in Valsad and Dang District for the period 2009 - 2012.Contribute
Trained health workers carry out door-to-door surveys to screen individuals aged 35 and above for measuring blood pressure and checking urine sugar, so as to identify and shortlist for care, those suspected to be suffering from diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma, to name a few. The shortlisted patients are referred to the nearest SRH Outreach Centre for diagnosis and treatment. The health workers further ensure that all shortlisted patients undergoing treatment continue to visit the Outreach Centre for follow-up treatment.Contribute
Health Awareness Drives assume special significance in a rural, underprivileged environment where according to superstitious beliefs, diseases in general are regarded as a reflection of the wrath of a Goddess. This compels patients to visit witch doctors rather than a hospital, for treatment. Health Awareness Drives contribute considerably in enhancing the general health and well being of people. They go a long way in minimising many common health risks and the ensuing trauma faced by patients and their relatives. Health Awareness Drives are conducted systematically on a regular basis in far-flung remote areas in and around Dharampur.
At Shrimad Rajchandra Health Education Centre for Adolescents, lectures and workshops are conducted for adolescents, mainly girls, as they are the future mothers. Through the medium of posters, models, PowerPoint presentations and interactive games, volunteers impart education of subjects such as nutrition, hygiene, puberty, safe motherhood, child-care etc. The emphasis is on increasing awareness about social issues like avoiding child marriage, opting for higher education and becoming self-reliant so that future generations do not suffer.Contribute