New Projects Abroad Village Clinic opens in India
The aim of the Projects Abroad Village Clinic is to provide the local community with affordable health care. Based in Rayagiri, the clinic is situated in a region that faces a number of challenges commonly seen in rural areas of the state of Tamil Nadu. Health is one of the key concerns with preventable problems regularly seen in the hospitals and clinics. The cases are wide and varied and often include malnutrition, skin diseases and worm infestation. In rural areas children are often the victims of these easily preventable illnesses and adults also have other problems too, including abscesses, burns and cardiovascular diseases.
With this in mind the new Projects Abroad Village Clinic aims to help prevent a number of these common cases and to treat others who previously may have gone untreated. Before the opening of the clinic these options perhaps would not have been available to some members of the community. Speaking at the grand opening Chinnasamy Rajendran, the Director for Projects Abroad was keen to express his views with regards to the benefit of this new health care programme for the local community.
"We choose this area because there is a great need for it. Rayagri, in addition to being my place of birth, is in real need for good quality health care. It has a population of ten thousand, but being away from the main road, it lacks development in all fields. For a small ailment like a fever, cough or head ache, villagers have had to travel over an hour to a nearby town if they wished to get treatment."
Rajendran explained the great benefits that the clinic would offer. "By offering reduced affordable medical aid provides us with a real opportunity to give something back to the local community. This concession is possible as Projects Abroad is happily meeting out the deficit every month."
Immediately after the opening ceremony the clinic began to receive patients. In the evening alone 40 patients were treated. The numbers are expected to increase over the next few weeks as news is spread about the new clinic. It will be something Projects Abroad and our volunteers are excited to be a part of.