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  Guntur Community Health Program
   
 

This program was open to  Medical students studying in China, essentially to bring them closure to their own Community, sensitize them to healthcare needs of the community and be a part of Community drive movement. Also in this they will imbibe Leadership skills. There are inter semester vacations 0f 5 weeks duration, when students will be in India, a suitable time for short interactive, practical sessions on Medical/ Health related issues. This is the genesis of Community Health Program.

 Information was widely disseminated among the students and phone calls made to ensure their participation. Preparations were made concerning selection of the Village, local contacts, stationeries, banners, pamphlets, ID Cards and personnel.


Dr. Amit Bose and Dr. Mohan participated in the program from SIEWF and 25 students from various Universities in China namely Hubei, Dali and Luzhou also took part.

On day one students were informed about the program and detailed about their role. The village was divided into six zones and each zone was visited by a group of 3 students. The team will introduce themselves to the families, collect detailed information such as number of persons , age, births, deaths, illnesses, medical expenses, how they store water, their source of water and give information about waterborne diseases. The village Panchayat office was the meeting point in the morning and evening.

The students were equally, enthusiastically attended the program, visited the families, collected the necessary details, distributed the pamphlets and gave information about waterborne diseases. The villagers in turn interacted asking for some solutions to Filariasis disease prevalent in them.

During the five day period students also visited Primary Health Centre, Sangam Milk Dairy. This was a wonderful experience for them to know first hand activities concerning Public Health and Milk preservation, Milk hygiene.

The program concluded on the fifth day with evaluation regarding how they felt about the entire event, contents, food, source of water, disease pattern and waterborne diseases.

The program was a big success-

  1. 25 students participated from various parts of Andhra Pradesh some as far as Nellore, Cuddapah, Nalgonda.
  2. The team work was satisfactory.
  3. Community Participation excellent.
  4. The villagers were quite excited about future doctors talking to them and freely sharing information concerning their illnesses.

 In the present day context of high commercialization, digital divide, urbanized culture may be this exercise might have caused ruffles in the minds, hearts and stomachs of students, though remained hidden and may be SIEWF has to do some more home work in the next program.

Annexures:
Here are some more details of the current program in Guntur.

Families: visited
Small  (persons less than 3)...... 92

Medium size persons ( less than 5).......64

Bigger families (persons more than 6.).....24

Common disease pattern as reported in the forms:

Diabetes                     

37

Nephritis                      

03

Asthma                       

13

Low BP                       

02

high BP                      

06

Anaemia                    

03

Heart dseases            

18

Child problems           

1

Gastric                      

3

Paralysis                  

2

Eliphantiasis              

4

Hydrocele                  

3

Breast pain                

1

Breast cancer            

1

Fever cough               

3

Arthritis                      

2

TB                           

2

Sensory loss             

1

Schistosomiasis       

1

Psychic                    

1

Epilepsy                  

1

Urination                  

1

Minor problems: Headache, Bacache, Gastric, Pneumonia, Malaria, Joint problems, Allergy, Sneezing, Fever, Migraine, Nerve weakness, Goitre, Spondilitis, Spina Bifida, Disc prolapse, Spinal problem, NEURAL PROBLEM, Sinusitis

These health problems among the families visited so far. Filaria is a very important problem and people want some lasting solution.

Some of the diseases common as per PHC Register:

General pains, allergy, Eye infection, ankle pain, cough, diabetes, cold, headache, Fever, Injury, Gastritis, dog bite, abdominal pains, motions, dental pains, diarrhoea, weakness.

Participants:

 
Name
Year
University
Place
Member Siewf
1
PRASHANTI 
2006
Hubei
Guntur
No
2
Chetan, 
2006
Hubei
Guntur
No
3
Harish
2006
Hubei
Guntur
  
No
4
Nagarjun Reddy
2006
Hubei
Nalgonda
No
5
Ram Reddy
2006
Hubei
Nalgonda
No
6
Naresh
2006
Hubei
Hyderabad
No
7
Ram Brahma Reddy
2006
Hubei
Guntur
No
8
Pradvish
2006
Hubei
Kurnool
No
9
BHARGAVA
2006
Hubei
Guntur
No
10
Raghunandan
2006
Hubei
Guntur
No
11
Sabarinath
2006
Hubei
 Warangal
No
12
Varalaxmi
2006
Hubei
Guntur
Yes
13
Shabanam
2006
Hubei
 Kadapha
Yes
14
Alekya
2006
Hubei
Nellore
Yes
15
Jaheer basha
2006
Hubei
Nellore
Yes
16
Sai Rajsekha
2005
Dali
Guntur
No
17
Gangadhar
2005
Dali
Guntur
No
18
Balakrishna
2005
Dali
Guntur
No
19
RAJSEKHAR REDDY
2005
Dali
 Nellore
No
20
Suresh verma
2005
Dali
Vijaywada
No
21
Maheshwara swamy
2005
Dali
Vijaywada
No
22
Shivakrishna
2005
Dali
Guntur
No
23
Gautami
2005
 Hubei
Guntur
No
24
Rupachandu
2006
 Hubei
Guntur
No
25
Rajyalaxmi
2006
 Hubei
Guntur
No
26
Venkatesh
2005
 Hubei
 Nalgonda
No

This Program was conducted for 5 days beginning Aug 16, 2008.

Acknowledgments:

  1. Dr. Amit Bose, Secretary SIEWF for the Blue Print of the Program
  2. Mr. Seeta Ramaiah, for Local Co-Ordination
  3. Mr. Prasad Rao, Village Leader, Sangamjakarlamudi Village
  4. Mr. Radhakrishna, Parent, for Local co-ordination, excellent support, donated banners, pamphlets for program
  5. Mr. Ramu, Milk dairy Officer for local co-ordination
  6. Mr. Kilari Rajan Babu, Chairman, Sangam Dairy, Sangamjakarlamudi.
  7. Mr. Shivakrishna, Student Dali University for local help
  8. Mr. Gowardhan, PURIT, Water filter Officer for arranging demo in the village
  9. Villagers of Sanganjakarlamudi village for their excellent co-operation
  10. Mrs. Chamundeshwari, Nurse, PHC, Sangamjakarlamudi.