Rukmini Foundation, in partnership with Manmohan Hospital, has been running a four day Mobile Medical Clinic Outreach Program – where the team will visit areas affected by the devastating earthquake to provide medical relief as well as to check up on the community members. The team consists of one medical doctor and two nurse/medical assistant from Manmohan Hospital, along with Rukmini Foundation’s team in Nepal. The four day program will cover 12 locations, with the team visiting scholars and their community neighbors, providing free health visits, consultation and medicine to everyone who requires treatment.
Rukmini Foundation staff make their way to the mobile clinic with equipment. Program Manager Niroj Shreshta (middle) carries box of medical supplies with Mentor Pramila Gajmer (front) and Program officer Arya Aryal (back).
The devastating earthquake and the multiple major aftershocks that struck Nepal have crippled many communities, resulting in loss of lives, destruction of homes, and countless injuries. Since a lot of the government’s health post station have been damaged, many who require medical attention are unable to get access to proper treatment. For some communities, the nearest medical station is more than two hours walk away, making it nearly impossible for them to get the help they need.
Manmohan Hospital’s Doctor treats a young toddler who has survived the earthquake
During their home visits, the foundation’s Nepal team saw the need for a mobile clinic and collaborated with Manmohan hospital to ensure individuals and families who needed care were taken care of. A lot of the scholars and their family members were being affected by various health complications like stomach illnesses, fever, body aches, and mental trauma. The plan is to check up on patients, provide necessary medicine, and also give families health packages consisting of essential medical and hygiene products such as water treatment tablets, soap, and sanitary pads.
Manmohan Hospital’s Medical Doctor attends to a earthquake survivor at Simpani Village.
According to our Program Officer Niroj Shrestha, ““Our first day camp at Simapni and Untiki village was quite successful. We had over 60 people come to the clinic, including all the neighbors of our scholars and staff.” The medical team was able to see many patients, both elderly and newborns. With the monsoon season approaching and a lot of families living outdoors in a tent, it is very important to address health issues and give families guidance on staying healthy and prevention of water borne diseases.
Manmohan Hospital’s Nurse Kalpana attends to our scholar Anju Theeng’s grandmother at the mobile camp.
The foundation staff also talked with families regarding their current living conditions and also reassured the families they won’t have to face the rainy seasons from their tents. Rukmini Foundation is working with the community leaders in plans to build temporary housing before the start of the rainy season.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
To support our scholars and their communities, you can give to: Rukmini Foundation Earthquake Relief Fund
The money you donate will go towards providing families who have become homeless with the goods they need to survive. Rukmini Foundation’s relief package contains essential items such as foam mattress, food, water, glucose water, water cleaning solution, hygiene items, and utensils that should sustain them for a month. We are also looking into temporary residence options for families who have lost their homes so that they won’t have to suffer as monsoon season approaches.