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Medical Care

No sooner had the children started coming to our school under the tree, the need for medical care became apparent. They had lice, worms and skin problems. Dr. Rekha was the first volunteer doctor who took charge of their problems. She cried the first day she saw them.

First medical check up 

Later, help came from Escorts Hospital where Doctor Pandey had started a Mobile Hospital Service "Apna Hospital," as it was known, visited us regularly as long as Dr. Pandey was in Escorts. The service was stopped when he left the hospital to set up the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, a 350-bed hospital in Sector 21-A. Dr. Pandey visited the school on the Republic Day Celebrations in January 2010 and extended a medical cover for our children. The number of children in the school had gone up to 250. Identity cards were made to ensure free OPD for our children. It was a leap forward for us. However, this did not last. As the number of children grew, the free facility was withdrawn.

Fortunately for us a doctor volunteer, Dr. Veena Gupta, joined us. She not only provides guidance but also training in First Aid and other nursing abilities to our girls above the age of 13. She also conducts and organizes plays to create awareness as to the bad effects of smoking and alcoholism. A regular check up of all the students is carried out and the records are maintained. Immunization against polio, hepatitis-B and DPT has been carried out.

Other institutions in Faridabad - like Sudha Rustagi Dental College and Manav Rachna Dental College, have whole heartedly supported our program and have carried out regular dental check ups for the school. Rotary Club Sanskaar and Rotary Club of Faridabad have organized eye checkups for our children.

Eye Check up
Sudha Rustagi Dental College Team

Currently, Prakash Deep is involved with TR7 a Health Care Service which offers training to 10th graders and above as Ward Boys and Ward Girls to help the Nursing Staff in Hospitals. Once these children get trained for a month they get employed in the same hospitals. A number of students have benefitted by this program and have found employment in different hospitals.
TR7 Health Service Training with Shane Anderson

A Word from The Doctor

When I first joined Prakash Deep, I began teaching the children about their own bodies for an hour twice a week. The set of students that I was allotted were in the age group of 14 to 16 years. There were around 16-18 students, a majority of them girls.

I picked up topics of interest and compared them with day-to-day activities. After class I told them an interesting story with a moral. Soon I came up with the idea of having them perform skits. The topic for our first skit was “female foetocide.” This exercise helped the children open up, gain self-confidence and learn about a social evil. It was then that I realized my teachings would make a small dent in the societal mindset, as these children were future mothers and fathers.

After Dr. Datt told me that a few of the older boys had started smoking, we decided to do a play on smoking for our Republic Day function. Some of the girls who were very shy earlier wanted to take part, and I had to create more and more characters. The play was a huge success.

Apart from teaching them about their own bodies, nutrition and hygiene, I taught them about first aid. I taught the children to take pulse, temperature and blood pressure, to treat simple wounds, how to bandage and the first steps in treating common ailments like cold, fever, diarrhea, heat stroke, etc. I would tell the children not to keep this knowledge to themselves but to make use of it in their homes and neighborhoods.

Later I got in touch with the Chief Medical Officer, School Health officer, the doctors and the multipurpose workers at the local dispensary. All of the children got a dose of Vitamin A, Polio, DPT and deworming medicine. Some tablets of iron were also provided. Next we did a medical check up of all the children including their height, weight, blood group and hemoglobin in order to create medical records for each child. Manav Rachna Dental College also performed dental checkups for all of the students. Today, we have a computerized medical record of every child in the school.

I continue to give children medical advice and refer them to my specialist friends for free consultation when needed. The school provides for the medicines or any other aid needed.

After achieving all of this, it is clear to see the impact Prakash Deep has made in the students’ lives and to the society at large. The children are more disciplined, healthier and, of course, more educated.

Dr. Veena Gupta, MD