Well Woman Clinic: A Pioneer Preventive Health Initiative of MDS.
A major milestone in our preventive health care programs, was the opening of the 'Well Woman clinic' in association with Biocon Foundation's Arogya Raksha Yojana, with support services for investigations from M S Ramaiah Hospital.
The first clinic was held on 23 August 2014.The clinic was envisioned as an attempt to improve general reproductive health and manage disease prevention, with its prime focus on cervical cancer screening. The clinic is held once a month on the 3 Saturday at our premises in Vidyaranyapura. The JRD Tata and Thelma J Tata Trust supported our health care initiatives for the year 2015-16.
Our services include free cervical cancer screening and free medications for mild to severe infections. For any further procedures, we refer the patient to M S Ramaiah Hospital for treatment at subsidized rates, as per the MOU we have signed with the hospital. The WWC checks the height and weight of the patient, screens for BP, Thyroid and Random blood sugar. We also run a general clinic for general ailments.To maintain focused attention for cervical screening, we limit our patients to 25 for each clinic, and up to 30 for the General clinic. We have a fully trained health worker trained by Ms. Gracy Thomas of Biocon India, who are involved in community outreach to educate the women from the underprivileged sections of society and make them receptive to this kind of screening. We have covered the areas of Narsipura, M S Palya, Bettahalli, Attur, Ramchandrapura, Tindlu, Kempegowda Nagar, Nagashettyhalli and Geddahalli and hope to increase the areas of intervention with subsequent clinics. Our outreach program for cluster meetings is done using a pictorial module, leaflets and posters.
Since its inception, this program has benefitted a large number of women from the under privileged communities, especially those who ignored common reproductive tract infections due to lack of knowledge and privacy. Thus community level awareness generation and focused group discussions on health seeking behaviors has helped them understand the importance of reproductive health. Kudos to Ms. Alka Murdeshwar for the sucessfull functioning of the Well Women Clinic.
Attending Doctors, Staff & Members of Biocon India and MDS
Awareness Camps conducted by Ms Alka Murdeshwar & Ms Padma Shree