To reach Pauni Tribal Clinic one drives down the seventy odd miles on National Highway 44 and in just about an hour and forty minutes you reach your destination. The straight line distance for most of the time may vary in actual travel distance due to curvature of the road. Driving up northward from Nagpur along the winding wooded landscape allows you to pass through lands rich with biodiversity of the region.
Pauni Clinic is not particularly an imposing medical center and the small clinic works well as a primary care clinic. However because it is situated in the heart of an outlying forest community it becomes a hub for forest people who are drawn to it from all around. It works well for the elderly, the children, the women and the sick adults who get treated for a range of ailments. It’s a reminder of the old-fashioned way of treating people!
As a rural clinical outpost of LMH medical center to which HERD Foundation is affiliated the rural populations who would normally struggle to find medical assistance, find it of immense value for being assisted with healthcare literally at their doorsteps, in a manner of speaking. With a trusted team of medics reaching thrice a week, it has been expanding its services.
HERE are some remarkable events that occurred at Pauni medical outpost that was basically intended to increase access to primary medical care. HERD Foundation remains clear that these remote rural locations must be served. So aside from conducting thrice a week diagnostic treatment services the team of medical professionals also concentrate on health awareness activities. Here are various events that took place in the past year.
- HIV Awareness Camp at Hiwra Bazar March 28, 2016
- Pap Smear and Cancer Detection Camp on April 1, 2016
- ASHA Workers Orientation Camp on April 26, 2016
- Breast Feeding Week Celebration on August 5, 2016
- School Health Scabies detection camp in Dahoda on 27 September 2016
- ASHA Workers Orientation Programme On Scabies at Hiwara Bazar PHC, November 26 2016
- Detection Of Malnutrition And Health Checkup Camp at Pauni Gram Panchayat on December 7, 2016
Activities are creatively undertaken by joining in with local gatherings so as to have a ready audience. For instance the HIV awareness camp conducted at Hiwra Bazar was clubbed with a get-together of the local Sharda Mahila Mandal. This then became an opportunity for the team to create awareness on the issue. The orientation of government aided ASHA health workers became an occasion to befriend them. It provided us with a foothold for BLS training for them. Similarly the Anganwadi workers too were incentivized for attending trainings.
NKPSIMS and HERD Foundation adopted the Community Initiative for Scabies Control and Elimination for all school children from class 1 to class 12 who were examined in two phases for scabies and other prevailing health conditions. Prompt treatment was administered to them along with free medications for their conditions. Dr Kasturwar, Prof. Community Medicine from NKPSIMS enlightened mothers on proper nutrition informing them that most nutrition supplementation and fortification was to be readily found in foods and ingredients locally available.
Thus apart from diagnosis and treatment of ailments, healthcare education is also an on-going activity conducted by the spirited team of doctors responsible for smooth running of Pauni Clinic.