Monday, October 22, 2012

2 Hours Without Radiation

"2 hours without radiation" as i would quote my sir's saying, Nikhil sir. On October 17th i went to a sub center which located at Shivapur, an hour journey from my college. It's a health center which serve for a population of less than 1000.

Situated within it's own perimeter surrounding by hills area i can guarantee you wouldn't find any signals there whether aircel, vodafone, tata docomo, or even airtel! Just switch off your phone would be better. It save your battery.

At first i was surprised as the sub center was locked. I thought it's because there is no patient. But i was told it is because of the man power (which means the doctors) are not present. Government of India provides the building and private sector provides the man power. Partnership in health delivery system.

We arrived at the village around 11.15 am and the day was getting hot. But it's not stopping me from wanted to explore the place. There were me and my three colleagues, Nikhil sir, Akshata mam, chacha uncle the driver and Chanappa. We supposed to provide check up and treatment if there is any patient come.

The sub center
My three colleagues climbed down from our mobile dental van and sat in front of the sub center. There is a house in front of it which the owner has a puppy. So they played with the puppy. NIkhil sir came down too. We talked a little bit. I asked about the village. What the people do for their living etc etc. Then it blurt out from my mouth that i wanted to take a look at the place. The journey then began....

They say picture speaks thousand words. Let's take a peek at those.

A lady was drying jowar
The first thing that i saw near the house was this, jowar. Jowar is from the family of pulses. They dry it, grind and finally they made it into flour so it can be prepare to make food.

Nikhil sir with drying ground nuts
Nikhil sir showed me the place. The villagers grow crops to earn money. They grow jowar, ground nuts, corns, chillies, corriander and curry leaves, vegetables and so on. Most of them do not have car but they do have motorcyles as their mean of transportation.

This is one of the tanks that available in the village
The villagers get their supply of water from nearby river. It is tunneled into the water tanks. According to Nikhil sir it is ration around four hours per day. During that time all the villagers will line up with all their pots to replenish their water supply.

The kindergarten in the village
Inside view
Children were having their lunch
There is a school nearby the village too. As it was holiday so no one was there when we went there.

The view of the school
I found a cow shed too. This cow shed can provide shelter to 2 or 3 cows at a time. Some of them keep a larger cow shed for the oxen. The villagers keep the cows for the milk and oxen to work in the field. For Hindus they honour cows as for them the cows provide them milk and also purify the soul of the deaths. That is the reason underlying why they put the cow dungs on the walls of their houses. It is said that it helps of the latter and also to achieve nirvana.

A small cow shed
Cow dung being dried. It can also be use as biofuel to supply energy.
The way how they dry their clothes
The only road that you can find pass through the village
One of the corporation bank 
Children in front of their house
Our mobile dental van
Inside view with one dental chair available
Me and Akshata mam. She is the post graduate student.
The journey took me almost an hour to walk around the village. It was tiring but at the same time i enjoyed the knowledge i gained. It is a peaceful place with no such tension and pressure of living. People just work to earn little money for the sake of living and surviving. Male in the field while female at home doing house chores. Everyday the same routine without tired. They happy with their lives despite an erratic supply of electric and water.

The happy face of children
In the end of the day what most that makes their lives is that they feel happy, satisfied and grateful with what they have. No pressure to keep moving forward or tension of urban lifestyle. Nevertheless we as a health care provider should not abundant these people and deny their right for health care. And as for us we too need to be so much grateful with what we have in our life. There are so many things that we enjoyed still these people never get to.....

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