The aim of these sessions was to equip anganwadi sevikas in understanding the various types of diseases to ensure effective treatment is sought. The sessions were hosted by Dr Asmita Mahajan, Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at the hospital, on July 05 and 06.
Over the course of two days, the sevikas from G-North Ward were engaged with on various topics through interactive sessions about monsoon related illnesses.
With Dharavi being a hub of communicable, water-borne and vector-borne illnesses, they were educated on prevalence, prevention, identifying symptoms and treatment steps to be taken.
The sessions covered all aspects of key diseases such as dengue, malaria, typhoid, jaundice and the common cold and flu. The sevikas, who engage with over 5,000 Dharavi residents on a daily basis, will work as guardians of health by helping in disease management amongst their wards.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr Asmita Mahajan, Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at S L Raheja Hospital, said, “It is important for everyone to be made aware about right preventive methods and treatment options available to help combat monsoon related illnesses effectively.”
She added, “Anganwadi Sevika’s are the first line of contact for the residents of Dharavi, hence equipping them to tackle medical emergencies is a huge plus for the community”.
Adding to the objective of the initiative, Dr Bipin Chevale, Zonal Director at S L Raheja Hospital, said, “The Anganwadi Project is where Sevika’s work tirelessly to ensure diseases are diagnosed early. Through this initiative, the Sevika’s will be able to enrich lives of hundreds of Dharavi residents, building a strong line of defence against seasonal ailments. We are pleased with this association and look forward to conduct many more activities under this project.”