Community Laboratory Cum Pharmacy Project

NERSWN being one of the premier voluntary organizations in the region working towards bringing about radical change in the health care scenario especially in the rural areas, the NERSWN did some serious reflection on the initiatives carried out in the past two years. The reflection helped the organization reach to a single meeting point realizing that in past two years wholeheartedly implementing painstaking health projects in the inaccessible rural hinterlands in Bodoland was indeed a really difficult task and sustaining such a big initiative in the formative stage would be too daunting a task and might hamper the qualitative and sustainable growth of the organization. Having been realized, we have collectively decided to concentrate working in Kokrajhar district in the next few years. As decided, the organization as preceding years with some innovation initiated the Community Laboratory Cum Pharmacy Project. In order to implement the project two backward most and ethno-political violence affected Development Blocks viz. Kachugaon & Debitola were chosen. In each block two Community Laboratory Cum Pharmacy centers (CLP) were set up. The centers were set up in most inaccessible areas under the blocks. All the centers were manned with one Lab. Technician & one trained pharmacist. The CLP were equipped with microscopes, Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDK), Low Cost Generic Medicines & also government supply medicines. From the centers in-house and out reach diagnosis and treatment services were rendered. The CLP centers were set up mainly to deal with Malaria but they were also acting as the referrer institution, information givers on various health related issue, collaborative institution for government service delivery and also had set an example for government health department that even in the forest fringe hinterlands service giver can work without any hurdles. The CLP workers were lucky enough that in the year 2007 the impact of malaria wasn’t that destructive as it usually is. As a result, unlike preceding years, workers could work in peace.

In both the blocks the CLP Personnel tested 743 (over seven hundred ten) slides belonging to sick persons. Out of which 543 were detected Malaria positive. The malaria positive clients were treated successfully. Some of the severely ill clients were referred to the civil hospitals for better treatment. Apart from providing diagnostic and treatment services, the CLP personnel would go village to village in their free time to talk about malarias. Through interactive group meeting or through meeting key person in the community they would spread awareness about malaria prevention, treatment facilities and health promotion of malaria-infected people. The CLP project had also provided vital inputs to the higher functionaries of health department as it constantly reported to them about the developments at the grass root level. Most of the time the government health worker doesn’t report the correct figures of malaria-affected patients as the higher authorities always put pressure on the lower rank personnel to combat with the disease and reduce the malaria morbidity. Thus, continuous reporting helped the authorities to plan their program and activities. The project received wide acceptance and appreciation in the community. Though CLP provided direct healthcare services to the masses, it was design to disseminate information about the peoples’ health entitlement from the government health institution and thereby empower the community to demand their health rights. Hence, the project on the whole had served multi purpose of bringing about holistic change in the health sector.

 

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