Health and Welfare
At Mettupalayam we encourage health improvement in several ways.
Primary health clinic
We organise a weekly clinic on the school site which is run by a local doctor and nurse. Covid 19 saw a temporary halt, but clinics have now restarted with a new doctor. He will regularly see 50 + patients from the locality at the Friday clinic and this has the huge benefit of continuity, building of relationships and trust with the local people. India has a shortage of qualified health workers and the workforce is concentrated in urban areas. Previously villagers may not have sought out healthcare due to distance, cost and poor service at the government hospital. The clinic at Mettupalayam encourages patients to seek and access care when they otherwise may ignore symptoms and allows the doctor to refer on to government run district hospitals for blood test and investigations when needed.
Part of the development of this service over recent years has been to ensure that records are made of consultations and medicines administered. We now have comprehensive paper records kept securely at the clinic and hope to revisit the possibilities of using electronic records in the future.
Medicines are now securely stored and monitored at the clinic at the project. These medicines are commonly used things such as analgesia and antibiotics and skin preparations. This relationship and regular connection ensure individuals are encouraged to access other services as required for e.g., child immunisations at government clinics.
We work with the local Rotary and Lions clubs to provide health camps including mobile eye clinics which provide eye checks and cataract clinics.
We similarly encourage attendance to the dental camps where a team of dentists come from the medical college to provide dental check-ups.
We use opportunities in the school classroom to educate about dental hygiene and the basic oral anatomy and physiology. Visitors from the UK have provided disclosing tablets, toothbrushes, toothpaste and held sessions in school.
We support local people with a variety of disabilities, providing equipment as well as making connections to appropriate support services , one such organisation is The Association of people with disability , an NGO working for underprivileged people with disability in Bangalore who enable, equip and empower children and adults with a range of disabilities including locomotor, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, speech and hearing.
We have also linked and supported a local child, Rajeshwari, who is deaf and dumb to attend a specialist residential school for the deaf. She now is progressing well with her education.