The first journey of GRAVIS’ mobile medical van

Since the threat of malnutrition, constant dehydration and communicable, as well as non-communicable diseases is very high in the Thar Desert, healthcare is one of GRAVIS’ main concerns.

The first healthcare programme was invented in the late 1980’s and since then GRAVIS steadily expanded its area of impact.

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Mr. Ratan Lahoti cutting the ribbon

Last week GRAVIS started a new programme and the commissioning of the first mobile medical van was celebrated with the honored guests Mr. Ratan Lahoti, the Divisional commission of Jodhpur and Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Deputy Director of the Health Services in Jodhpur. After our guests had solemnly  cut the red ribbon we could watch the van leaving for its first journey. The mobile medical van is  funded by The Hans Foundation.  During our following visit of the hospital we were shown exam rooms, a pathology lab, a delivery room, the fully equipped eye care unit and two operation rooms. A dental practice will be opening soon to cover an additional medical field. The celebrations were terminated with a collective lunch and interesting conversations about GRAVIS’ work.

From now on, one doctor and supportive healthcare workers can travel to smaller villages and provide on-site treatment. Due to the long distances and high costs for the villagers to travel to the hospital the mobile medical van offers a great alternative.for its first journey. The mobile medical van is funded by The Hans Foundation.

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The van leaving for the first time

During our following visit of the hospital we were shown exam rooms, a pathology lab, a delivery room, the fully equipped eye care unit and two operation rooms. A dental practice will be opening soon to cover an additional medical field. The celebrations were terminated with a collective lunch and interesting conversations about GRAVIS’ work.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the van I visited the GRAVIS hospital for the first time. The hospital is equipped with a highly trained staff. A team consisting of eight full time doctors, five visiting specialist doctors and an auxiliary team of nurses, pharmacists, technicians, administrators and ambulance drivers serves over 200,000 people living nearby. The team can offer major and minor surgeries, the treatment for diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, the treatment of malnutrition and anemia and the supervision of pregnancies. But not only these great facilities make the hospital something special, GRAVIS additionally trains Village Health Workers (VHW) to take care of immediate basic health education and medical needs in the villages. They are frequently trained to give advice on health and hygiene and are supposed to spread awareness about risky health behaviour and preventive measures. Till date, 592 VHWs have been trained in the GRAVIS hospital.

I am deeply impressed not only by the hospital’s large sphere of influence, but also by the tremendous effort from the staff.

*by Lisa, Volunteer

 

 

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