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With much focus on Covid-19, there is a loss of focus on other healthcare services. The most affected are patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Tuberculosis, Rheumatic diseases etc. We are noticing several instances where these patients are not able to visit our clinics due to the lockdown, and we have responded by delivering drugs at their doorsteps.
Today is world malaria day, recommitted to eliminating malaria from the world. In last one year, we witnessed and responded to a major outbreak of malaria across two tribal communities. These communities live in the catchment areas of our AMRIT Clinics, that aim to provide high quality and low cost primary healthcare in remote rural areas of South Rajasthan. Within a month, progressively, we were swamped by patients of all age groups, men and women, coming to the clinics with high grade fever, pallor (haemoglobin as low as 2 and 3 grams) and big spleens on palpation. Many pregnant women and many infants came too. We detected and managed 2496 patients of malaria between the months of August and January. Many walked tens of kilometers to reach us. Most of them were malnourished.

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