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Medical Camps at Sundarban

Life is the most precious gift of God, and a Healthy Life is a blessing that only a few of us enjoy!

The Sundarban, a unique biosphere reserve of mangrove forests and one of the global heritage sites are located in the extreme south of West Bengal (an eastern Indian State) and Bangladesh, the neighboring country, The major findings related to the health of the people of Sundarbans are classified into groups according to their links to the following areas: (1) health Status and (2) healthcare utilisation.

Health Status:

1. The general morbidity rate is more than the state average.

2. The dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases is quite evident.

3. About half of the children (below 5 years) are malnourished,

4. Women share a disproportionately higher burden of ailments than men do.

Healthcare Utilisation:

1. Very High utilisation of inpatient care reflected by a high hospitalization rate (4.2%).

2. The absolute dominance of Rural Medical Practitioners (RMP) in the outpatient care market.

Problems with Rural Medical Practitioners:

Gaps in Public Healthcare have helped RMPs - the army of less qualified medical service providers - establish a strong network of parallel healthcare. Their treatment behaviour often reflects a lack of judgment about the rational use of drugs. Poor are usually benefited but also bear the huge risk of the unregulated practice.

Aim:

Arranging regular free health camps by qualified doctors in different areas of Sundarban.


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