The Health Clinic consists of 2 buildings and is situated on a spur above Bayapani, a 45 minute walk from Okhle. It serves a large number of villages in the area. If a doctor or hospitalisation is required, the sick person must be taken to Dumre, a 2-hour bus ride away (the Fathers and Mothers Committees means test the family to assess whether financial help is required).
The clinic is open from 10am until 5pm, 6 days a week. The workforce consists of 9 people, 4 members of staff paid for by the government and 4 volunteers. The 2 senior auxillary health workers, who are qualified to give First Aid, distribute medicine and drugs, are paid 9400 rupees a month and their 2 assistants receive 7000 rupees a month. The most common problems dealt with are cuts caused by the use of sharpened tools and and most common ailment is the tapeworm. Thanks to a sufficient diet, infant mortality is low, but children under 5 form the largest group of patients. Polio vaccines are given out to children.
The nearest water supply to the clinic is 1km or a 20-minute walk away. The Trust plans to harvest a water supply by using the galvanised metal roofs to feed water into gutters and downpipes and into a concrete storage tank.
Estimated cost: Â£600
Funded by: Jane Duggleby
Guttering,downpipes and a 20.000 litre storage tank were installed in 2009 for £600 and the clinic now has a water supply for 4 months of the year. Following the visit of Wey Valley School in 2009, the staff agreed to help the clinic with future funding
In 2010 we gave them a further £100 together with a paramedic kit from Wey Valley School and a selection of prescription glasses from Melcombe Regis Rotary. We learnt that the Water Harvesting programme installed in 2008 was now supplying water all the year round. I suspect that villagers in the past had been helping themselves and now sensibly a lock has been put on the tap.
Wey valley had been collecting bandages and spectacles since 2009 and gave these to the health centre alongside those collected by the adult group.It was encouraging to see that the Nepalese government have provided funding for the building of a new health centre which was greatly needed including a maternity room. the footings are already in place and we will be able to see the finished outcome next time