We started our second leg of the camps on 19th March 2017. We decided to cover 6 schools (almost 350 students) in this. The schools were Janathepada, Toplepada, Kaspada, Talyachapada, Barafpada and Nandelpada. Additionally, we had a small camp for the Anganwadi kids at Toplepada, wherein we did the checkup and treatment for 15 kids, who were less than 6 years old. We were accompanied by two pathology lab representatives to take the blood samples of the students from first standard and all the students from Barafpada (Rest were already covered). We take the CBC report to identify any early signs of deficiency and suggest the treatment or corrective measures for the same.
During these camps, apart from the checking their health, we also check the hygiene and the effect of de-worming. These kids are quite vulnerable towards worms, which can enter the body through water or contaminated soil.
While we could see lot of improvement in the health, following were the key complaints.
- Inadequate de-worming effect in one school. Also, extremely dry skin and skin related issues in the same school. Needs special attention.
- Stomach ailments – More to do with hygiene.
- Ear infection – More due to hygiene and constant negligence.
- Wounds – neglected for long.
We distributed free medicines to the kids and the villagers. A few kids have been identified for the advanced treatment in Mumbai. Our next camp would cover rest of the 350 odd kids in the month of April 2017.