Report on Eye Screening camp – 2012 in Bhojpur
Baikunthe ,Mane Bhanjyang and Basikhare are the three most remote VDCs of Bhojpur district. People living in these areas are deprived of basic facilities provided by the government. There are no roads linking the three VDCs and people have to travel for around seven hours by foot to reach the district headquarter, Bhojpur. Majority of people belongs to the Rai community and live in harmony with other people that belong to the Bahun and Kshyatri community.
HCN organized an Eye Screening Camp – 2012 on Falgun 6 and 7, 2068 to provide basic eye checking facilities and make referrals for infected patients to the district primary eye care centre for further treatment. The camp lasted for two days and was conducted in Baikunthe VDC and covered two other VDCs, namely: Mane Bhanjyang and Basikhare.
• To provide basic eye care facilities to the people of the three VDCs .
• To make referrals for affected patients at the district level “Primary Eye Care Centre,” Bhojpur .
1.Primary Eye Care Centre, Bhojpur .
2.Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Bhojpur .
• Baikunthe VDC, Bhojpur.
• Mane Bhanjyang VDC, Bhojpur .
• Basikhare VDC, Bhojpur .
Field Detail :
On Falgun 6 and 7, the medical staffs from Primary Eye Care Centre and HCN members gathered at Baikunthe health post, Baikunthe and prepared for the camp. Primary Eye Care Centre provided one medical doctor Mr. Rabindra Kumar Khadka and two assistant staffs Ms. Kopila Khadka and Ms. Sabitra Tamang. The camp lasted for two successive days and covered three VDCs of Bhojpur district, namely: Baikunthe , Mane Bhanjyang and Basikhare VDCs. A total of 254 people from these VDCs benefitted from the eye screening camp. Among them, 24 people were found to be affected with cataract, and 1from Jalbindu. After general treatment they were referred to the district level eye care centre for surgery. The remaining other beneficiaries were found to be suffering from general eye problems and were provided with medications at the spot for a subsidized price.
Reproductive Health Camp (RHC):2011
RH camp was once again conducted during November 2011. The supporting partner organizations were Lumbini Medical College (LMC), Palpa and Satkon Bahu-uddeshyia Sahakari Sanstha (SBSS), Darpuk and the School Management Committee (SMC). LMC supported HCN by providing its technical assistance, while SBSS supported by raising awareness about the benefits of this camp among the local community people. LMC provided 3 medical doctors, 2 Nurses and 1 pharmacist including a coordinator. Similarly, SMC supported HCN by providing the school ground for the RH camp.
The main objective of the camp was to provide reproductive health facility to women of marginalized and poor communities, especially to those unable to approach hospitals either due to lack of sufficient financial resource or those experiencing discomfort to discuss gynecological related diseases. Women and girl children alike rushed to the ticket counter to take their tickets. Though the camp targeted women, men as well as boys were also seen taking advantage of the health camp. The service taker belonged to ward number 1 and 2. Most of the patients were suffering from common problems like ovarian cysts, genital warts, vaginal infections like smelly discharge, vaginal burns and irritation. Even old women ranging in the age group of 68 to 84 could be seen at the camp, who were there with the help of a stick.
The details of the beneficiaries have been shown below:
|Description||Details of disease||No. of people||Ward No.|
|Female||General||24||1 and 2|
On the RH camp day, the ground of the Bhagwati Lower Secondary School was filled with women and children. Women came to the camp to get themselves checked and took their children to get the clothes that were being distributed by HCN. Most of the children were school going students. The chairperson of HCN Ms. Deepali Thapa, along with Board member Ms. Kamakshi Rai Yakthumba and HCN volunteers managed the clothes distribution program. The clothes were distributed among 100 childrens and all were seen very happy after getting new clothes.
Supported 11 cataract patients for free surgery
This was the first program conducted by HCN in Darpuk and had multiple objectives.
• To act as the ice breaker between the Bote people and HCN personnel.
• To involve community and provide them with quality health care .
• To create an opportunity to work with the community in later days.
The Chairperson happened to meet the Botes on the course of selecting a work area for HCN.
It was realized that there was a need for eye screening in the area. Since the need was felt, HCN sent a team of doctors along with health care professionals to the area. From the 250 patients that were screened there were 11 cataracts patients. These patients were then sent to Tansen, the district headquarter for further medical attention. They were operated in the Lions Locaul Eye Hospital in March 2009. All the expenses of lodging, food for three days along with the transportation and the medical expenses were borne by HCN.
Reproductive Health Camp (RHC):2010
With the financial support of Mr. Takayuki Kiryu, HCN conducted a one day free Reproductive Health Camp for women on 9th April 2010 in Yamgaha VDC, Darpuk, Palpa. The main objective was to provide health care services for women and to provide referral health care services to Lumbini Medical College & center Pvt. Ltd, Palpa. The RH Camp was organized and conducted by HCN in coordination with LMC and with the local support of BCSC and Satkon Swabalamban Saving and Credit Co-operative (SSSCC) Ltd, Darpuk, Palpa. It started with the health queries in the community and 182 patients received health care services; the total no of patients who received gynecological health care were 102. Out of 102 gynecology patients 3 patients were cases of UVP and the doctors referred them to LMC for further treatment .
In conclusion, the RHC was conducted successfully with a good local support as well. Location of the camp was the center of the catchments area. The team of doctors included Dr. Buddhi Kumar Shrestha (Gynecologist); Dr. Subha Shrestha (Medical Officer); Dr. Hari Regmi (Medical Officer); Ms. TulsiheGyanwali (Surgical Nurse); Ms. Mana Laxmi Pandey (A.N.M); Ms. Sita K.C (C.M.A), and Mr. Sagar Mani Adhikari (M.R). Other participants were, Mr. Gopal Bahadur Pokharel (Chairperson, LMC) who started with the opening ceremony, Mr. Himkant Adhikari (the then General Secretary); Mr. Bijaya Raj Ghimire (Treasurer HCN); Ms. Sharmila Chaudhary (HCNV); Mr. Himlal Pandey (SSSCC), and Mr. Santa Bahadur Bote (Chairperson, Bote Community Strengthening Committee). The local people were happy with the service provided and grateful to HCN and LMC. They were also provided with free consultancy services and basic medicines were provided at the camp. The patients unable to seek medical and health services due to financial constraints greatly benefitted by the services provided.
Health Awareness Program:
HCN distributed posters and pamphlets to make the Bote communities aware on health and hygiene. The social mobilizer hired by HCN trained and oriented the Botes on a weekly basis. This was a commendable step to improve the health and hygiene among the Bote Community in Darpuk. Remarkable cleanliness since then has been observed.