In rural areas, children generally grow up in the midst of health risks like Respiratory Infections, Gastroenteritis, Malnutrition and Communicable Diseases like Measles, Whooping Cough, Dengue, Malaria and Typhoid Fever. In more recent years, the instances of Dengue, Malaria, Chicken Guniya and Rickettsial Fevers have gone up.
The Paediatrics ward was started in 2008, and now has 30 beds, of which 9 are for high-dependency children. Medical support is also provided to children with disabilities that are referred in from RDT’s various centres for Children with Visual/hearing Impairments, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities and Orthodontic Problems.
The hospital also cares for babies and children with chronic illnesses such as Thalassemia, Epilepsy, and Diabetes. They are supported in varied ways, through timely and regular Transfusions, Serum Ferritin Testing or Insulin Supply.
All major procedures, treatments and follow-up support are free of cost. Children who need auxiliary care, or for high risk cases, are referred to higher RDT centres or other hospitals sponsored by the organisation. With the help of Community Health Workers (CHWs), parents in the villages are sensitised about how timely immunisation is an important part of preventive care.