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Do You Know About This Boat Clinic In Assam?

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For centuries, the Brahmaputra has swept along its long journey from Tibet to the Bay of Bengal, touching the lives of tens of millions with its enormous power and majesty — physically, culturally and economically.  Every year, millions of people are displaced and extensive property, crops and livestock are destroyed in annual floods in Assam and in downstream Bangladesh. Health problems are acute. Many are affected by water-borne diseases. A major problem is an access to medicines and sustained health care. So that time NRHM planned to start Boat Clinic in Brahmaputra river.C-NES’ unique health clinic story began with a single boat, a prototype called Akha in the Dibrugarh district in 2005. The project has since spread to other districts, first, through a partnership with UNICEF and more recently, with NRHM which is helping to scale the programme in order to reach additional socially and geographically excluded groups. UNICEF has been involved in the training and technical support and has also been supporting the Dibrugarh boat clinic programme. The concept won a World Bank Award for innovation aimed at bridging rural gaps.Each boat carries a fully fledged medical team (two doctors, three nurses, and lab technicians and pharmacists) that conduct regular camps organized through a network of community health workers and other organizers in the district. The goal is to take sustained health care to hundreds of thousands of people on the islands, for the first time since independence, and with a special focus on women and children who continue to be the most vulnerable in difficult conditions. The programme has been scaled-up since January 2009 to five more districts, bringing the total of participating districts to 10. The districts covered are Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari and Dhubri and over one hundred thousand people have been covered in the first year of the PPP with NRHM.The Boat clinics provide the following services: routine immunization of children 0-5 years and pregnant women, new mothers, vitamin A supplementation, pulse polio immunization, Japanese encaphilitis vaccination (special programme), general health check-ups, family planning, and information, education, communication (IEC) & behavior change communication (BCC) activities, among others. In addition, the laboratory aboard each boat is used to conduct blood analysis for malaria and other parasites. At least one to two camps are held every day. An average of 130-150 general health check-ups (this figure can reach at least 300-to-400 at times) and 15 – 20 routine immunizations are performed during each camp. Diarrhea, dysentery, RTI, ARI, ear infection, skin infection, anemia and fever are some of the common ailments. Between 15- 20 camps are planned for each month.naadle If you like this article, click on the button below