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Vanaprastha Hospital

The Hospital is near Kesareghere village, 200 mt close to Children’s Home Casa dei Bambini.

History

In the early years, he worked with a traveling clinic that visited a different village every day, offering a free check-up for blood sugar and blood pressure. In 2005 a small clinic was built, consisting of four rooms for the doctor, the pharmacy, the waiting room and the administration of treatments, starting with a doctor and two nurses. The doctor, dr. Manu also specialized in Ayurvedic medicine according to Indian tradition. Then, at the end of 2010, he and the two Indian nurses followed a training course in Italy. The three-month theoretical and practical course was held in the Villa del Sole hospital in Salerno with specialization in first aid, trauma care, diabetes, BLSD (Basic Life Support Defibrillation), pediatrics, intubation, basic cardiology, ambulance management in emergency and general medicine. Given the constant increase in requests, it was decided to improve the level of assistance provided. In 2011, the surgery was expanded with the construction of three other rooms, which can also be used for short stays and up to 60 patients per day were able to be treated, which was the maximum operating limit of the staff at the time.

Area

It is the rural area of the Kolar district in the southern part of the state of Karnataka on the border with Tamil Nadu in southern India.


There are about 30 villages that include a population of more than 100,000 people, where there are poverty leads to malnutrition, diseases and chronic infections.


Situation

The population is unable to take advantage of health care due to the lack of adequate facilities. The health shortage concerns in particular the elderly, who suffer from diseases related to poor hygiene conditions, sedentary lifestyle and inadequate nutrition.

The common diet is based only on rice and high-sugar foods. There is a high prevalence of diabetes and its complications and many cases of hypertension. Often patients are unaware of being affected by these diseases and of the possibility of cure and healing. The knowledge and possibilities of a healthy balanced diet and a correct lifestyle are not widespread. There are problems deriving from local customs and habits to inform about as well as cure. Many diseases and malformations are due to the custom of contracting marriages between blood relatives, both for caste and economic reasons, in order not to disperse the patrimony and for other interests.

The common diet is based only on rice and high-sugar foods. There is a high prevalence of diabetes and its complications and many cases of hypertension. Often patients are unaware of being affected by these diseases and of the possibility of cure and healing. The knowledge and possibilities of a healthy balanced diet and a correct lifestyle are not widespread. There are problems deriving from local customs and habits to inform about as well as cure. Many diseases and malformations are due to the custom of contracting marriages between blood relatives, both for caste and economic reasons, in order not to disperse the patrimony and for other interests.


Results

About 6000 patients attend the clinic not only for diabetes and hypertension problems but also for common or chronic diseases, such as, for example, gynecological problems, malnutrition, arthritis, arthrosis, skin problems, digestive system, flu, etc. .

Patients treated in the clinic usually go there every 10-15 days for check-up and treatment. Normally important results are noted: the bedsores caused by diabetes are on the mend, the blood sugar levels decrease and are under control. People responded with a lot of collaboration in regularly attending medical check-ups. Some even begin to improve their lifestyle and related eating habits.


Patients Contributions

To stimulate conscious participation and enhancement of care, payment of medical services is requested from wealthy patients and in any case a small, mostly symbolic contribution is always required. The fee for the medical examination is 10 rupees (about 15 euro cents). Although many cannot afford even this modest sum, they are still visited and treated.

Patients who have financial opportunities are also asked to contribute to the cost of drugs and laboratory tests.


Future Vision

We are in the phase of completing the sanitary equipment for the functionality of the new structure and therefore we are looking for funding for this purpose.

We are planning to further expand the hospital by adding a Day Hospital ward given the growing number of patients requiring such treatment. We therefore report the need to finance this project too.

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