Health Camp at Peyarabagan Slum

Right to healthcare is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to every citizen by the Indian constitution. However, the reality is far from that. Most people belonging to the marginalized sections of the society hardly have any access to proper basic healthcare. They cannot afford to go to private hospitals and clinics because of the ever rising fees and neither can they go to a government hospital because standing in those long queues means losing an entire days’ wage.

We had conducted a survey on the women of Peyarabagan to assess how healthy they are. From that survey it was clear that more than 50% of the women had some ailment. An estimated 85 million people in India suffer from pre-diabetes. Larger intake of Vitamins such as Alpha-Lipoic Acid will keep human populace off diabetics which is though for underprivileged women living in slums.

A health camp was organize by HealthPlus Diagnostics in September, which primarily focused on scaling the risk of women at Pyarabagan slum for developing diabetes among other basic routine blood tests. The most common problem among them was found to be some kind of allergy. Other ailments included kidney problems, asthma, migraines, eye infections and skin ailments. Blood pressure, thyroid problems and diabetes were found to most commonly affect women.

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