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Saturday, January 17, 2015

December 2014

Well the North East Monsoon fizzled out. A few drops here and there and that's it. This year we have had just 25 cm of rainfall. Migrations from the villages to the cities has started and of course most bore wells are dry. The South West monsoon is still 5 months away. Wait and see, hope and pray. 
Though we had a fair number of patients, we found that many of them were opting not to do testing or asking to cut down on the number of investigations or drugs prescribed. For example - a Diabetic with myalgia who would benefit from Calcium and D3, but could not afford it, was prescribed only Oral Antidiabetic drugs. Such examples are many. Also patients are postponing doctor visits, simply because of the costs involved.

Total Patients: 2161

Below 15 years - Male: 120; Female: 114
Above 65 years - Male: 89; Female: 104
Adult: Male: 838; Female: 896

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000: 1324
 12001 - 24000: 688
 24001 - 36000: 75
36001 - 48000: 42
Above 48001: 32

Friday, January 02, 2015

November 2014

I have been away for almost two months, tied up with various domestic issues. Spent time in Chennai.
The RHC reopened 2nd week of November and a few patients started dropping by.
The constant refrain was the lack of rains and the hardships it has caused
Hoping that the North East Monsoon will at least bring some rains. Its also become quite cold in the nights.Always wonder how the poor survive!

Total Patients: 751

Below 15 years - Male: 64; Female: 63
Above 65 years - Male: 52; Female: 47
Adult: Male: 275; Female: 250

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000: 522
 12001 - 24000: 162
 24001 - 36000: 30
36001 - 48000: 21
Above 48001: 16

October 2014

The vacations are due soon, the RHC will close for Deepvalli in the 3rd week of October. The number of patients has come down, possibly due to the lack of rains and also the fact that the RHC closes.
End October is also when the investigators for the Controlling Hypertension in Rural India (CHIRI) a multicentric study meet in Hyderabad to discuss progress and future plans

Total Patients: 1316

Below 15 years - Male: 77; Female: 55
Above 65 years - Male: 69; Female: 68
Adult: Male: 502; Female: 545

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000: 805
 12001 - 24000: 416
 24001 - 36000: 51
36001 - 48000: 25
Above 48001: 19

September 2014

A few scattered showers have helped the hardiest millets and ground nuts to grow. Other crops have dried out without water. There seems to be no hope in sight. It is eerie to see people dying in floods and here we suffer with minimal water.
We are hoping against hope for a revival of the monsoon in our area

Total Patients: 2254

Below 15 years - Male: 126; Female: 125
Above 65 years - Male: 116; Female: 107
Adult: Male: 836; Female: 944

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000: 1401
 12001 - 24000: 678
 24001 - 36000: 83
36001 - 48000: 60
Above 48001: 32

August 2014

The rains continue to play truant. Cloudy skies promise a shower and that's all. A few drops of rain and its all over. Migration to cities continues, and the water trade booms.
As yet, however, the lack of rains have not made any significant impact on the people accessing the RHC. 

Total Patients: 1734

Below 15 years - Male: 112; Female: 113
Above 65 years - Male: 76; Female: 89
Adult: Male: 649; Female: 695

Income (₹) Distribution

Below 12000: 1030
 12001 - 24000: 573
 24001 - 36000: 56
36001 - 48000: 41
Above 48001: 34