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Thursday, November 21, 2013

October 2013




A short two weeks vacation is due at the end of the month and all of us are looking forward to it. Following the vacation, the annual gathering of the Krishnamurti Foundation India will take place at Rishi Valley from 21 November to the 24th. A chance for all to meet and discuss the philosophy and other existential issues. At times one wonders whether such thoughts exercise the poor whom we serve or are their lives only about daily living and making their ends meet.
Of course as far as health seeking goes they continue to throng us

Total Patients: 1751

Below 15 years - Male: 91; Female: 85
Above 65 years - Male: 78; Female 81
Adult: Male: 715; Female: 701

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000: 1045
12001 - 24000: 551
24001 - 36000: 92
36001 - 48000: 35
Above 48001: 28

There is a lot of pressure on us to see more patients but this is about the maximum one can handle

A bit of excitement. A huge branch of a Peepul Tree came hurtlin fallingg down in strong winds, falling where patients normally congregate near the dispensary. Fortunately this happened just after the last patients had left!!!!

The photographs below gives you an idea of what happened!!!

Tree Fall on the Dispensary
Tree Fall



September 2013

A welcome break with some rains after long last. Strangely it has been raining all over but over the adjoining 50 km radius. Some tanks actually overflowed in Chinnamandem about 30 km from us. Strange are the vagaries of weather.

Total Patients: 1913

Below 15 years - Male: 99; Female: 108
Above 65 years - Male: 89; Female: 106
Adults - Male: 728; Female: 783

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000 pa: 1115
12001 - 24000: 696
24001 - 36000: 35
36001 - 48000: 29
Above 48000: 38

The other programmes continue to be busy. There is a need to support the care of the elderly. Many of them are quite marginalised that they find it difficult to eke out a livelihood


Thursday, September 19, 2013

August 2013

The region seems to be in a ferment. From 31 July, the buses have been off the road and there are rolling bandhs everyday. Normal life has been affected as the protests against the division of Andhra Pradesh grow. One cannot see an end in sight as yet. 
The tardy rains add to the woes of the people. For the first time in close to 15 years, I am seeing the hardy groundnut crop drying up. All of us here have become exceedingly conscious about water or rather the lack of it.
The non availability of public transport has affected our patients and one has seen a drop in the numbers coming in. Most affected are the  elderly who are deprived of their regular medications.

Total Outpatient: 1478
 
Below 15 years: Male - 78; Female - 86
Above 65 years: Male: 70; Female - 84
15 - 65 years: Male - 559; Female - 601
 
Annual Income (₹)
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12001 - 24000: 507
24001 - 36000: 26
36001 - 48000: 19
> 48000: 24
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 112
Glasses: 33
Medicines: 77
Surgeries: 02

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 04
Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 04
Caesarean Section: 01
Abortion: NIL
A Diagnosis of Muco Polysaccharoidosis has been made on this 13 year old. A rare genetic disorder, the parents have struggled to nurse her

July 2013

Its two months into the monsoon and as yet the rains have been very sparse thus far. We had one good shower,about 2 cm and all the ryots were busy planting. After that the rains gave played truant and we are experiencing a long dry spell. As it is borewells are plumbing new depths ~ 800 feet in many cases. What are we going to do about water?
Patients still come in their numbers

Total Outpatient: 1999
 
Below 15 years: Male - 103; Female - 100
Above 65 years: Male: 92; Female - 96
15 - 65 years: Male - 784; Female - 824
 
Annual Income (₹)
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12001 - 24000:713
24001 - 36000:29
36001 - 48000: 22
> 48000:38
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 125
Glasses: 43
Medicines: 75
Surgeries: 07

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 06

Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 04
Caesarean Section: 02
Abortion NIL 

Meningitis and its Sequelae

Thyrotoxicosis - The stare is typical

Friday, August 02, 2013

June 2013

Back with a bang and one hopes that the monsoon brings good cheer to one and all. Its dry and with the bore wells drying up one can sense a huge water catastrophe soon
The month started slow. The RHC has also increased its rates for consultation as well as laboratory investigations. This is in part to cover the increase in salary for our staff.

Total Outpatient: 1581
 
Below 15 years: Male - 57; Female - 69
Above 65 years: Male: 78; Female - 72
15 - 65 years: Male - 628; Female - 680
 
Annual Income (₹)
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12001 - 24000: 597
24001 - 36000: 22
36001 - 48000: 20
> 48000: 22
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 67
Glasses: 28
Medicines: 37
Surgeries: 02

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 22
Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 05
Caesarean Section: 01
Abortion: NIL
Still Birth: 0

April 2013

April was as usual exceedingly busy, and hot. By the end of the month one was close to burnout and looking at a break. The stress of running a programme such as this can some times get to you.

Total Outpatient: 1973
 
Below 15 years: Male - 93; Female - 87
Above 65 years: Male: 99; Female - 104
15 - 65 years: Male - 742; Female - 848
 
Annual Income (₹)
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12001 - 24000: 637
24001 - 36000: 48
36001 - 48000: 32
> 48000: 30
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 49
Glasses: 18
Medicines: 30
Surgeries: 01

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 14
Domiciliary Delivery: 01
Hospital Delivery: 05
Caesarean Section: 02
Abortion: 01
Still Birth: 0

Thursday, April 18, 2013

March 2013

March has started hot with the promise of a baking April ahead. For the patients it does not seem to matter, as more and more land up. One hopes that the coming June will see good rains for us and the country as a whole.

Total Outpatient: 2159
 
Below 15 years: Male - 106; Female - 119
Above 65 years: Male: 100; Female - 102
15 - 65 years: Male - 802; Female - 930
 
Annual Income (₹)
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12001 - 24000: 771
24001 - 36000: 39
36001 - 48000: 34
> 48000: 53
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 114
Glasses: 38
Medicines: 73
Surgeries: 03

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 06
Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 02
Caesarean Section: 02
Abortion: NIL
Still Birth: 0

February 2013

With Sankranti having been celebrated, albeit in a low key manner thanks to the prevailing drought, the farmers get back to tilling the land and also now find time to take care of their health. 

Total Outpatients: 1957

Below 15 yesr: Male - 109; Female - 90
Above 65 years: Male - 101; Female - 107
15 - 65 years: Male - 742; Female - 808

Annual Income (₹) INR
< 12000: 1251
12001 - 24000: 644
24001 - 36000: 18
36001 - 48000: 20
> 48000: 24

Eye Care
Total Patients: 129
Glasses:54 
Medicine: 70
Surgery: 05

Antenatal Programme
New Registrations: 01
Domiciliary Delivery: 00
Hospital Delivery: 06
LSCS: 00
Abortion: 00
Still Birth: 00

January 2013

Welcome 2013.
heres wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead and may there be good rains this year
As usual the cold weather does not stop the patients coming in

Total Outpatient: 1892
 
Below 15 years: Male - 90; Female - 84
Above 65 years: Male: 97; Female - 95
15 - 65 years: Male - 722; Female - 804
 
Income (per month)
INR less than 1000: 1179
1000 - 2000: 642
2000 - 3000: 21
3000 - 4000: 20
More than 4000: 30
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 129
Glasses: 42
Medicines: 82
Surgeries: 05

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 07
Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 00
Caesarean Section: 00
Abortion: NIL
Still Birth: 0

Thursday, January 17, 2013

December 2012

December turns out to be a busy month. Many people would like to get their illness over and done with prior to the new year. One does hope that the year ahead bring rain and cheer to the country and world at large. There has been enough death and destruction in all parts of the world. Hope there is a chance for peace.

Total Outpatient: 2067
 
Below 15 years: Male - 95; Female - 79
Above 65 years: Male: 99; Female - 101
15 - 65 years: Male - 805; Female - 888
 
Income (per month)
INR less than 1000: 1270
1000 - 2000: 719
2000 - 3000: 38
3000 - 4000: 19
More than 4000: 21
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 122
Glasses: 40
Medicines: 78
Surgeries: 04

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 04
Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 01
Caesarean Section: 01
Abortion: NIL
Still Birth: 0

November 2012

Back after a 2 week much needed break with Diwali thrown in for good measure. It was business as usual soon after the reopening:
A month before a much needed break

Total Outpatient: 937
 
Below 15 years: Male - 56; Female - 50
Above 65 years: Male: 43; Female - 45
15 - 65 years: Male - 371; Female - 372
 
Income (per month)
INR less than 1000: 598
1000 - 2000: 300
2000 - 3000: 21
3000 - 4000: 10
More than 4000: 08
 
Eye Care
Total patients: 46
Glasses: 16
Medicines: 30
Surgeries: 00

Antenatal Programme

New registrations: 10
Domiciliary Delivery: 0
Hospital Delivery: 00
Caesarean Section: 01
Abortion: NIL
Still Birth: 0