Reported by Premendra Pariccha
Malkangiri, May 5:
Six tribal women from the primitive Bonda community in Odisha’s Maoist-infested Malkangiri district have become a ray of hope for the people in the inaccessible villages deprived of healthcare facilities.
These six school drop-out women have set up a health facility at Dumuripada in Andrajhara panchayat under Khairput block in the district for the Bonda community where at least 30 people turn up in a day to avail the services.
These six women–Gurubari Muduli, Sanki Seesa, Sukri Seesa, Adibari Seesa, Manguli Kanahi and Mangati Badnayak—had left their formal education mid-way due to personal reasons. However, they had a desire to serve their community. A local voluntary organisation identified these young women and imparted basic healthcare education to them. Later, they were given exposure to practical knowledge at Bisamkatak and Brahmapur hospitals.
They have been trained to deal with malaria and diarrhoea cases,which are rampant in the area.
“As the Bonda Ghati is infamous for malaria and diarrhoea, we take extra caution in dealing with such situations. These are the two major issues that claim more lives than any other disease,” one of the Bonda women said.
Apart from providing first-aid and giving medicines for common diseases, they have also been rained to administer intravenous (IV) fluids and injectables to the patients. Besides, they are also trained in obstetrics care for safe delivery of babies.
These paramedic women have led by example in their community and have become cynosure of all eyes as medical services no longer elude the tribal-dominated populace in the Maoist-affected district.