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IN 2016, Delhi saw an alarming rise in cases of chikungunya and dengue, both spread via mosquito bites. Fund protective nets for poor residents of an overcrowded, mosquito-infested colony in the capital.
THEIR first clinic, which started in 1999 in RK Puram, New Delhi, serves 53,000 registered patients, mainly residents of nearby slums. Chikitsa now have three base clinics, two in the capital and another in Gurugram where they are headquartered. Each has a general physician and medical specialists – including a paediatrician, gynaecologist, dentist, physiotherapist, ophthalmologist and homeopath – who attend on a rotating basis.
KIWANIS are a global organisation of volunteers who strive to change the world one child and one community at a time. In collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of New Delhi, Chikitsa run a weekly artificial limbs centre at their base clinic in Gurugram, providing and fitting free limbs – such as the Jaipur Foot and Pune Foot – for the urban poor in the surrounding areas. The centre has served 2,345 people till date.
TO spread the scope and reach of their work, Chikitsa conduct 11 satellite clinics in Gurugram and New Delhi. These provide free consultation services of a general physician and free medicines when required. Each satellite team also includes a pharmacist, an ambulance driver and a health worker who liaise with the community and alert the team of any patients who require attention but cannot attend the clinic. Last year these clinics treated 34,217 people.
My neighbour told me and my daughter about Chikitsa clinic. We’ve only been in Delhi for eight months, my family came looking for work. The doctor takes a lot of care and all good medicines are available for us here. I don’t know where else we could go.
I’m not educated and I don’t know the name of this organisation. But I’ve been coming here for 15-20 years as I have trouble breathing and require regular medication which is free. The doctor explains about the medication and we are treated with dignity.
- Udai Malhotra Trustee
- Col RS Malik (Retd) Chief Operations Officer
- Dr. Suresh Raina Senior Medical Adviser
- Yogender Kumar Sharrma Finance Manager