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1150 Education and Medical Care of Street and Slum Children in Vadodara

posted Sep 22, 2020, 10:57 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 10:57 AM ]
Vadodara (Gujarat), September 2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) in association with Don Bosco Snehalaya is currently implementing ‘education and medical care project’ in Vadodara City. The aim of this project is to provide educational and medical support to street girls and boys below 18 years of age living in the slums and at Don Bosco Snehalaya. Fr. George Miranda (Project Director) along with Miss Jagruti Patil (Project Coordinator) are supervising the operations of this project. This project is financially supported by Mix For Kids, e.v. (Germany).

Medical Camps:

Three medical camps were held in this quarter. First medical camp was held on 26th July 2020 at Snehalaya. 40 boys were medically examined by the medical team.

Second medical camp was held on 29th July 2020 at Subhash Nagar Slum. 29 girls were medically examined by the medical team.

Third medical camp was held on 29th August 2020 at Nizampura Slum. 29 boys were medically examined by the medical team

Dr Yogesh Agrawal and his team of two para-medical staff examined children in these camps. Free medicines were distributed to children. Most illness cases related to fever, headache, cold, cough, ear problem and dental problem. 


Health Awareness Session for Adolescent Girls:

Three health awareness sessions were conducted for adolescent girls on 25th July 2020 in Chaturai Nagar for 15 girls, 20th August 2020 in Kissan Wadi for 13 girls and 14th September 2020 in Zanda Chowk for 18 girls respectively. Mrs. Jagruti Patil (Coordinator) was the resource person for these sessions. The objective of the workshop was to educate adolescent girls on COVID-19 pandemic and precautions. She covered following topics in these sessions:

  • Difference between COVID-19, common cold, FLU, Allergies.
  • Preventive measures
  • Government guidelines
  • Stigma prevention and positive attitude

These sessions were conducted privately with a batch of only two girls at time. After finishing with them next 2 girls were engaged and so on.

Health Awareness Session for Adolescent boys:

Fr George Miranda conducted a health awareness session for 25 adolescent boys on 8th August 20202 at Snahalaya. The objective of the workshop was to educate adolescent boys on personal health, hygiene and sanitation and COVID-19 precautions. He covered basic information on ‘Corona virus’ such as:

  • Difference between COVID-19, common cold, FLU, Allergies.
  • SARS and COVID-19 and how it spreads.
  • City, State and National situation
  • Clinical features like incubation period, recovery time, signs and symptoms.
  • IgM/IgG test
  • Preventive measures
  • Government guidelines
  • Stigma prevention and positive attitude

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director - DBDS) assured that in all the events conducted social distancing and proper safety measures were followed. In addition to this all the other government compliances were strictly adhered to while doing these activities.
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