Our next visit was the Egmore Children’s Hospital. Being a sunday , the Hospital in the literal sense was completely deserted. We were totally lost and the person we were to meet was not picking up her phone. After looking thro’ half the hospital and failing to locate her. Dr. Kala , the person who were to meet called us back and said she would send someone to bring us to her. She apologized and said she was on rounds. The Hospital as we saw it and to it’s name was only and only a CHILDREN hospital. We waited a while for Dr. Kala to come. Once she came , she enquired about us and where we are from and what we would like to do. Once we cleared out her doubts , she took us around the hospital where we saw the various wards and a few doctors who were working that sunday.
There was one section that disturbed me the most. That was the IMCU section [ Intensive Medical Care Unit ] They were babies who were bandaged , who had oxygen masks to their face. Their was one child who s head was burnt. I could not bare to look or stand in that place a second longer but i could not run away either. In another ward, I saw one child who had orthopedic problem. Both his legs were bandaged. He bawled when his father left him. I could not stand to see that as the mother was not able to manage him and due to his legs was shifting him very gingerly.
I went upto him and sat beside him holding out my hand. He did nothing but just stared at me, his tears stopped. He was scared. But i didnt move. His mother kept his hand on mine twice but he kept taking it away. I still sat and watched him. He looked up at me , this time not scared but not coming close either. When i said bye to him , that was the first time he smiled at me and waved back. I felt happy he was alright. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Harshitha & I learned during the tour of the hospital that they required man power for cleaning up the hospital as all the cleaners had retired and it was kept neat by the nurses [ mind you , it was fairly neat ]. They also required several monitors , infusion pumps , beds again etc… Harshitha & I were again at a loss of what to say and do. But we told me them what we were capable and will get back to them.
We left the hospital. I was totally off with what i saw in the IMCU. I would love to visit that hospital again , this time when all the doctors are there and learn more about it.
For my first week’s field visit , along with Harshitha , we went to Chengelpet to the visit the Goverment Hospital. We were to meet Dr. Satya who was incharge of the Maternity Ward. It took us a while to get around the hospital and find the place and the doctor. We were asked to wait for a while. As we waited , Harshitha and I saw that there were many babies who were really tiny and really underweight. I could not bear to look at some of them. I also noticed that the Mothers Room was bare of furniture and that they were on the floor along with their children … some even out on the corridor with the families. The new borns were kept on the ventilators for warming and in some ventilators were 3 – 4 babies. While we were there the power had gone out twice and the generator found it hard to support the entire hospital and the ventilators kept fluctuating. The suddenly horrible thought flashed across my mind that something might happen to the babies as the atmosphere in the room was already a little tense.
Mean while , the doctor had become busy and asked us to go around the hospital to take a look around. We noticed that in every ward , either there was a lack in the number of beds or the beds were empty [ which got me furious when i thought about the mothers ]. The waste disposal was a terrible condition. They did not have proper bins to throw waste and it was all in buckets , which were hardly taken out. This obviously means they did not have a proper place to dump the trash. The floors were wet with water. There were some sections of the hospital which smelled as the toilets had not been cleaned. The amount of constant cleaning work which came about frustrated the staff. Everyone was so busy that there was hardly time for them to talk to us. This lead to many parents thinking Harshitha & I were doctors and kept coming to us.
Family members were not left into the mother s ward which got them more anxious than they already were. They tried to get in with Harshitha & I as an excuse. We both were stunned and were at loss of words. When we went back to the doctor and asked what kind of requirements does she personally feel the hospital needs. As expected , the requirements were everything we saw [ beds , waste bins , cleaning equipment , generators etc… ]. Dr. Satya also took us to the new building which was being constructed for mothers and babies and surgical. The place was big and spacious but i was wondering how well would they use that space.
With all that done , we ended our day and left the hospital. The pitiable condition of the babies disturbed me. The place brought a lot of thoughts to my head. I wanted to see more , explore more and talk more. But this was all i could do for now. I hope my next visit brings a better result.
Woooooooooohooooo!!! Had a super time today canvasing for my college ROTRACT WALKATHON… yes walkathon. What is a walkathon??? For that you need to wait 2 more dates. Ill explain it to you in DETAIL on Sunday , Jan 9th once the walkathon is a success 😉 Coming back to my adventure trip 😛
Well.. we need to go to certain colleges and appeal to the deans and request them to make their students participate in the walkathon. My friend and i were given 3 colleges. All were far off from my college about 1 hour travel 😦 We needed to go to MCC – Tambara , SDNB Vaishnav college – Chrompet and MIT – Chrompet.
Having no clue as to how to get about Chennai; since this last year only, from May 2010, my parents have started letting me go out alone ; I blinked at which way to go once i cam e out of my college. Then my friend and i turned back to the security and asked them how do we get to Tambaram by train . Eeeeeeeeep!! 😦 he told us one LOOOOOOOOONG route. Without choice we got going. So we waited for the 27D bus outside our college for like 20 mins before it showed up *sigh* . Then we went to egmore and *sweat drop* went into the railway station and searched for the platform for 10 mins before we found it. We had to ask 3 people 😦 It was an embarrassment for me 😐 being in Chennai and not even knowing the platforms but yes it was only the second or third time i was travelling by local train 🙂
SO we bought the ticket and waited for the train. After few minutes the train came and we got on into the Ladies section. I stared in awe at all the small , village type places we crossed at each station we stopped. I mean when i compare my hight style city life to this.. i was dumb – struck. People were struggling yet content. i was fascinated by all the small markets and the calves running about on the road 😛
Well we finally reached Tambaram. After finishing MCC college (not going into the appealing details for any of the college as u all know what appealing is) we took the train back to Chrompet. That place is altogether another story * whistles*. Chrompet as far as i saw was just a place which had 10 lanes all parallel to each other. My friend and i got out of the station , walked around Chrompet to both SDNB and MIT college. Both were the opposite directions. Once we had finished both ; Our legs dead and so were were ; It was 1 :30. We had left college at 9:30 , so u can imagine out plight :O . Except for reaching our destination areas we walked everywhere (station- college – station) 😦
We took the train back to Nungambakkam. I was so tired and needed energy that i bough 4 baby samosa’s and ate giving one to my friend as she refused to take more. The funny thing i regained energy all over my body except my legs 😦 *sobs* My legs were the important organ today. 😛 Anyway from Nungambakkam we took and auto and came back to my college. From there we took more posters as we were asked to do publicizing in the Adyar area.
SO we got down at Adyar depot (where all the buses stand) took an auto from there and went to AMM school is Koturpuram 🙂 After finishing there we came back the depot *breathes out* *all tired* and started publicizing there. We had about 15 posters with us. So we just walked the length of the road and publicized there. Took us about 2 hours. All exhausted , we wanted to have ICE CREAM! 😀 😛 SO we had ice cream and left home. It was 6 :30pm by the time i got home 😐
But man was this some trip. I got to see Chennai and outside Chennai. I got to do stuff independently and gained confidence on how to openly talk to officials and learned how to goto different places by different means of transport. This is seriously one day ill NEVER FORGET!! 😀
BEST PART : The WHOLE Rotract BOARD Congratulated us for our WORK!! 😀
Well.. see you at the next post 🙂
Night guys!!! 😉