Our rural areas are full of scenic lakes and hills that come alive especially in monsoons. One cannot but reflect on the misty, cloudy terrain that unfortunately affects the fate of rural people who must live through the messiness of the Great Indian Monsoons. Even as the farmers rely heavily for their crops and soil on monsoon’s benevolence, yet the cascading sheets of heavy downpours wreak havoc on ordinary mortals.
Nearly 70% of the annual precipitation comes down between June and September and while it bodes well for farmers for their harvest and monetary safety, yet an excessive amount brings out woeful suffering, disease and disaster. Just as the heat of the stifling summer ends with the first torrid showers, the earth gets ready for the rainy season that transforms the landscape in a riot of greens. But for the people living out there, there is nothing romantic about the monsoons.
Common sicknesses – cold, cough, flu and diarrhea become major causes for physical discomfort and majority of the rural people additionally suffer through neglect or non-availability of proper medical care. What is worse is that such conditions can be readily contained through efficacious healthcare delivery, at low-cost too. But the plight of rural citizenry continues to suffer every year from this annual seasonal change.
Rains become breeding grounds for diseases – Malaria, Dengue, Encephalitis, Chikungunya and more. Add to this the dilemmas of pot-holes, open-tanks, clogged drains, flooded roads/fields and stagnant water bodies. This is the mosquito season. Flooding and leakage of sewage/drains add to hazards like contamination of food causing Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis A or even food poisoning during this season.
The season also sees people suffering from fatalities resulting from accidents and injuries while working in fields. Road accidents, electrocution due to water dripping or live electric wire contact, fall due to slipping, are all common occurrences. Farmers just cannot afford to be sick during monsoon or else there will be no harvest. They actually work through sickness and pain all through the monsoons with no thought of health centers or hospitals.
HERD Foundation’s Monsoon Medical Camps are an attempt at providing relief and healthcare to the disadvantaged remote villagers living in the countryside, tilling the lands for us. We can all give a moment’s thought to their struggle for existence to live through it all. HERD Foundation continues diligently in offering healthcare services through its committed team of doctors, nurses, specialists, para-medics and interns to take care of the far-flung villagers carrying on valiantly in an intimidating season.