Mangaluru, Aug 9,2017: People living in the islands of the Brahmaputra River in the hinterlands of Assam have to face tremendous hardship and trails, and they are at least 3-4 decades behind those who live in Guwahati city and mainland India, said Dr Edmond Fernandes, founder and CEO, Centre for Health and Development (CHD group).
A two-day training programme was held for Boat Clinic Medical Officers and District Programme Officers in Guwahati, Assam, last wek that was organised by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research ( C-NES) in Association with National Health Mission, Regional Resource Centre- North East, RNTCP and CHD Group.
Dr Fernandes based in Mangaluru city, was the main resource person for the programme. Being an International Public Health Consultant, he trained the boat clinic on various aspects of public health and disaster risk reduction. As part of an extended programme, C-NES also conducted a Boat Clinic Health Camp where Dr. Fernandes critically reviewed the situation and also engaged in on-spot capacity building of grass-root level workers. He and his team at C-NES visited the remote islands in Kamrup District of Assam.
He said, “Every 2-3 years, the river creates new channels of flow due to which the islanders shift accordingly. There is no electricity in any of those islands and anganwadis and pharmacies are also made of hay and jute. Digital India which is being promoted by the Government of India will take another 100 years before it reaches these pockets of the country,” said Dr Fernandes. Dr.Edmond Fernandes, in Mangaluru, is working hard to take his aims forward to secure medical services for all and fine tune the existing situation to needs all over the land.