In order to promote health care regular health check up camps are being organized. Eye camps, first aid training programs, physiotherapy camps, nutrition camps and gynecology camps are regularly organized across villages.
Problem of safe drinking water to curb water borne diseases especially among children is now being addressed through chlorination of village storage tanks, individual storage tanks of each household as per the standards and procedures laid down by the government along with water testing as per WASMO standards and installing RO plants for the community and for schools. This has resulted in a marked improvement in water related ailments in villagesDakshaben – 36 years old – Tragadi village Health Camps
“There was a lack of health provisions and regular medical facilities before CGPL. The camps to check Hemoglobin levels, eye camps, cataract camps, physiotherapy camps, malaria detection camps, blood check up camps, gynecology camps, nutrition camps for children etc. are undertaken keeping in mind the needs and requirements of the village and various groups of the community. We are always informed in advance about the health camps conducted by the company. Sessions are also undertaken to understand what issues women face. We were educated on how to cure stomach aches, on hygiene issues, told how to calculate our Body Mass Index, what to eat to increase hemoglobin levels, which oil to use for different health issues, overweight people got details on what diet to undertake and beneficiaries were given knowledge on menstrual cycles, menopause and birth control. These topics which were once considered taboo, is now openly discussed amongst the women. There are women who feel shy to go to doctors for checkups, find it difficult to express their ailments and even more difficult to afford them. These health and referral camps were very beneficial to us. I am certain Mundra will prosper in coming years with CGPL constantly seeking to learn and address pressing issues in the area.”Bachubhai Ramji – 72 – Tunda village Eye check-up Camps, Beneficiary
“I had a lot of difficulty to see from one eye as it was swollen very badly. The checkups at hospitals in the area are very expensive and related surgeries are even more expensive. It also takes long and expensive travels to avail any such medical help. CGPL organized an eye camp in the village which helped my condition considerably. CGPL’s initiative has helped me in getting my vision back. For old people and women such camps are necessary as we can’t move out much. The company has organized referral services at Bhuj with three days stay, food and other residential facilities. The company has also arranged for our pick and drop facility. These regular checkups help in detecting issues before hand and improve the health status in our village.”Surtaniben, 60 years old, Vandh village Eye Camps, Beneficiary
“I have been engaged in embroidery and tie and dye work since childhood. My vocation and earnings got hampered because of my eye ailments. I was approached by CGPL for the free of cost surgery. They made announcements in the village on their activity through leaflets, notice boards, door to door visits by company volunteers and invited me to undergo the cataract operation. It was very beneficial for me as it would have been very expensive or unaffordable for me to get treated at any other hospital and I would not be able to get back to my profession. Thanks to CGPL, I am now able to travel around the country making a living in my traditional art – embroidery.”
Bhachiben Petha Rabari, 27 years old, Vandh village Gynecology Camps, Beneficiary
“I have been staying in the village for the past 9 years. We are always in touch with CGPL through the panchayat and the members of the CR wing. CGPL along with our panchayat members and on the basis of consultations and door to door surveys every year prepares the health calendar of the village and conducts several identified camps. I have attended 3-4 health camps and 30-40 women in the village attend it every time it is hosted. We would not be able to reach or afford big hospitals or learn about our ailments and diseases. This treatment is free and medicines post the check-ups and operations are also free. There should be more regular camps since hospitals are 20 kms away and we used to go only when conditions were severe or unbearable. We are now able to take preventions rather than rush for expensive cures. The health camps started 10-12 months ago and have been the best intervention by CGPL in terms of bettering access to health care facilities in our village.”
Geetaben Mahendrabhai , 40 years old, Tunda village RO Drinking water facility, Housewife
“The saline water in the village has caused many health issues. We have direct water supply in our homes but it is not good for drinking. The issues of drinking water were identified by the team of CGPL and were discussed during our Self Help Group (SHG) meetings. The company conducted the feasibility study for alternate solutions and water testing in our village. The results were then shared with us. This harsh reality educated us and changed our mind to adopt and opt for safe drinking water. The RO plant set up by CGPL has benefited us as illness like stomach aches and joint pains have drastically reduced. The approach of CGPL for developmental work is unique and under this program employment to the local people has been assured, who come to deliver the water at home. The mineral water which we use to purchase from outside at Rs. 20 is now available in our village at a much lower cost. Earlier we use to pay Rs. 10 to the panchayat as water tax for unhealthy water but with this partnership between the panchayat and CGPL, we are getting pure water at our door steps at the same cost. The panchayat regularly monitors the operations and maintenance of this community RO plant. All in all, CGPL’s champions are in constant touch with us and we know that they are exceedingly interested in our overall being and development”.
Jayanti Bhai, 34 years old, Mota Kandagara village RO Drinking water facility, School Principal
“I have been a teacher since the past 7 years and been staying in this village for 4 years. We are grateful to CGPL for helping us with RO plants in our school since it has improved the quality of the water. Many water borne diseases caused by salinity have reduced. There were 6-7 kidney stone cases among children in the school. The RO water plant leads them to drink safe water during school hours which has translated into many health benefits and fewer illnesses among the children.”