Few days back, when I explained about the health facilities to female heath volunteers, I was motivated to do similar presentation at my village too. My neighbors, friends and relatives appreciated me and it encouraged me to do some more. Cold early morning, just a 10 minute walk from my home, I attended a regular meeting of those females who were involved in social clubs. Most of them were married females who were taking responsibilities of their family so it was a great opportunity to present myself in front of them. Among the crowd one female was in her postnatal period and another was pregnant. After meeting was over, I presented myself as a volunteer of medication for Nepal.
I explained each and every health facilities that Nepal government is providing to general people and to marginalized and poor people. Most of them were aware about the free medication to some extent but not aware what are the diseases can be treated with the free medications. They were quite curious about the maternal health and child health facilities. During the interaction session, I came to know that majority of the females didn’t know about the health facilities to old age group. Like I had experience before with female health volunteers, these women also didn’t know about the diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer’s. I tried to explain them what I know. They dint know about the health facilities that are given to poor people ( bipanna) . They didn’t know about the free checkup to infants (below 1 years). They also didn’t know about those facilities for kidney disease, cardio vascular disease and head and spinal cord injury. Yes, I found the difference between the female health volunteers whom I met at District health office and those poor women at my village. They were complaining about the essential medicine too. Some of them said, they had purchased medications like calcium tablets, iron tablets and Vitamin which is supposed to be given by government.
They were complaining about nepotism. They said that the health workers at government health institute provide the free medication to his/her own people but, they are deprived of it. They hardly get the plenty of medication and finally they have to rush to private clinic for treatment and medication.
During the session they were curious about the different diseases. They had lots of question how to get those health facilities, and I explained them in detail. I had to explain 3 times the procedure of getting health facilities to poor people. I tried to explain them about those diseases which can be treated at hospital and they get free medication. Majority of them just know about free medication for Tuberculosis. Finally, their question was “what if I don’t get those health services?” And I ask them to note down the number of hello Sarkar. They were quite positive and excited about it. With a hope and expectation they thanked me a lot. It was my duty to make aware to those females who don’t know anything about health. I really felt satisfied with my nursing education and serving my own people that too in understandable language.
This story is a featured story of a nursing student Binita Khatiwada who went to Taplejung(her hometown) for her holiday. She helped us by reaching out to that area and disseminating information from infographics about our health rights.