For those in rural India, health care was often inaccessible and/or too expensive for many. In 1998 the Uluru Health Care Centre (UHCC) was established. UHCC had run a free primary health clinic serving the 26,000 people in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. On average the doctor will see approximately 250 local people in a week. Besides the one doctor, the clinic has five nurses and two social workers.
A pharmacy with a staffed pharmacist is also at the clinic. Because of the cost of maintaining the clinic in 2017 TEWFI addressed this issue by implementing a nominal fee for services. To consult with the doctor, the charge is RS20 ($.30 US) and an injection is approximately RS 75 ($1.00 US) for the medicine. The clinic allows the people of the local communities to be treated for diseases and conditions for which they previously would let go unchecked.
Rural Health Care Software
At Uluru Health Care Centre (UHCC). staff regularly collect information about people in the community with varying health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension and severe anaemia. Data is also maintained on severely malnourished children, and pregnant women in the community. This data is currently only kept in simple files, more than often in hard copy. However, the ever-increasing patient numbers and increasing activities carried out at UHCC means that managing and using this data in a useful way has become too unwieldy.
Patient records are also kept only in hard copy. The shelving space has now become inadequate to store all the records. For these main reasons, TEWFI is currently searching for an appropriate rural health care software to install at UHCC. Ideally, this software will, at a bare minimum:
• Allow existing records and data to be stored in a database
• Allow data to be accessed easily
• Allow reports to be created
• Allow appointments to be managed
• Allow patient histories to be maintained
• Allow drug usage and purchase to be monitored
If you have any knowledge or skills in this area, or perhaps wish to create such a software for us, your help would be greatly appreciated — please contact us. Traditional & Indigenous medicines Together with Pitchandikulam Bio Resource Centre (PBRC) — Auroville, TEWFI plans to set up a program aimed at indigenous and traditional medicines. PBRC is already working on herbal medicines and TEWFI is currently providing them with space at the Uluru Health Care Centre to store their medicines. In the future, TEWFI is planning further collaboration and cooperation with PBRC. In addition, TEWFI has been investigating setting up a homeopathy program or clinic at UHCC. To find out more about these activities, please contact us.
- Dental Camps
- Eye Camps
- Nallam Health Camp
UHCC has an operation theater where the doctor can perform minor surgeries such as removing a small marble from child’s nose or is able to do blood transfusions.
All patient’s health care is tracked with individual records. All the information is being stored on the computer.
Lab work is collected at UHCC and sent to a lab in Pondicherry.
And more paperwork
Forms are needed to process the blood withdrawals. We make sure that each blood test is matched to the correct patient.
It is routine to take blood pressure, temperature and using the stethoscope listening to internal sounds of the body.
As a precaution many school age children come in to the clinic for a general checkup because the parents want to make sure that their children maintain a healthy life.