SCIP Medical Clinic's Referral Work With Pregnancy Cases
SCIP Medical Clinic was established after we identified the dire need for healthcare in the Sector Four Slum of Faridabad, India. There was no medical help available to the people in that slum, and the women suffered the most because some of the women’s health issues are very delicate and need a team of discreet professionals who can help them out.
Many times since the women are uneducated, there lay a risk of them being exploited in the name of treatment. It's a sin to be a poor woman in India because most of the times the women wouldn't have economic resources to take a legal recourse if things went bad. So, they could easily be manipulated or even molested by the authorities. These pregnant women were not only at a high-risk medically but also physically and emotionally.
When we got to know about the situation on the ground, we knew that we had to step in and help with whatever resources were available at our disposal. So, it is our constant effort at the SCIP Clinic to look after them and provide for them to the best of our ability. Thus we started working with high-risk and low-risk pregnancy cases in the slum.
In our free medical clinic, we monitor the pregnant women from their early pregnancy till the term pregnancies. Ideally, we counsel the women to come to the clinic regularly at an interval of fifteen days. The women are checked for blood pressure. If there’s an anomaly in the test then we do the needful to make sure that they maintain a steady blood pressure by prescribing Labetolol 100 mg, which is primarily used to treat high BP in pregnant women. Additionally, we also provide dietary supplements like folic acid and iron calcium.
During the second trimester of the pregnancy, we check for the fetal heart rate. Throughout the procedure, we make sure that the blood pressure is stable. If our team of doctors and nurses find any discrepancy -- such as high blood pressure or anaemia -- then we refer the patient to a nearby government hospital for blood transfusion and treatment of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH).
Annu has been married for seven years and they were trying to conceive a child for a while. She was suffering from the polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) but after a dedicated treatment of one year at the SCIP Medical Clinic, she’s better now. Annu is currently 24 weeks pregnant and battles with high blood pressure. Our team of doctors are treating her with anti-hypertensive medicine to stabilise the pressure.
Last year, Sangeeta, a twenty-six-year-old married woman, was diagnosed with Abdominal Tuberculosis. She’s a patient at the SCIP Medical Clinic and through rigorous nine months, we helped her with the treatment and now she’s better. She’s currently 34 weeks pregnant and her health is in good form. She’s happy about her baby’s future; and with a glimmer of hope in her eyes, she says that she will enrol her child at the SCIP ECO (Equality, Compassion, Opportunity) School. She’s been married for five years and this is her first kid! We are as excited as her to be able to help her with her first pregnancy and make it as hassle-free a process as possible.
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