Covid-19 Update: Week of October 19th

Photo by Biju Nair

Every week in Bhopal, Community Health Workers (CHW’s) from Sambhavna and teams of Community Health Volunteers (CHV’s) from local neighbourhoods screen local residents for Covid-19 symptoms, refer those who test positive for treatment, and carry out other essential community health work for survivors. In the week beginning October 19th, teams of Community Health Volunteers screened over 150 residents in 12 neighbourhoods for coronavirus. Here is all the work they achieved specifically related to Covid-19:

  • 163 individuals displaying symptoms were screened for Covid-19
  • 11 patients were referred to the Sambhavna clinic for treatment
  • 5 patients displaying more serious symptoms were referred to local hospitals for Covid-19 treatment
  • 25 ‘What to do until next rainy season’ posters offering advice for coping with Covid-19 were put up in multiple neighbourhoods
  • 70 posters offering advice on correct social distancing and how to self-isolate were put up in multiple neighbourhoods
  • 4 new Community Health Volunteers were recruited to the program

Photo by Biju Nair

Additionally, the following essential health work was carried out by Community Health Volunteers in these 12 neighbourhoods:

  • 52 local residents were taught home remedies for self treatment during lockdown
  • 65 people were prescribed medicines for existing health conditions
  • 41 people were prescribed ayurvedic treatments for existing health conditions
  • 51 people were prescribed herbal remedies for existing health conditions
  • 2 pregnant women were referred for treatment at local hospitals
  • 13 people received health education on diseases from contaminated water from CHV’s
  • 10 people received health education on anaemia from CHV’s
  • 21 people received health education on seasonal diseases from CHV’s
  • 18 CHV’s were trained in thermal scanning
  • 12 CHV’s were taught to measure blood pressure
  • 12 CHV’s were taught pulse oximetry
  • 4 residents suffering from hypertension were prescribed regular medicines
  • 7 individuals identified as high risk for Covid-19 were advised on safety, medicines, and diet
  • 1 child suffering from malnutrition was sent to a Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre
  • CHV’s held meetings to organise future work for the Bhopal’s Community Shield campaign

Photo by Biju Nair

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.