It took 6 hours for Arvind to cover a distance of 84 kilometres!
Arvind Kumar Singh is part of team Anamaya in Jharkhand. Since December last year, he is extensively commuting across the breadth and length of Gumla district to prepare for Aashwasan. It is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness about TB and finding active cases through intensive outreach activities. Aashwasan is one of the early steps of the Tribal TB Initiative, a joint endeavour of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, that Anamaya is facilitating in select states.
Arvind’s first visit to Netarhat Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Bishnupur block is a memorable milestone for him. While winding up his work he learnt the last bus for Gumla leaves at 1.30 pm and there was no private vehicle available as well! With the help of staff from the PHC and a truck driver from a nearby mining area, Arvind could reach his destination. We may choose to pass by this experience as an exceptional, one-time-only, operational hiccup. A hiccup that we could overcome as we supported each other, as strangers went out of their ways to come to our aid. A hiccup that decides if a patient can access necessary care in times of emergency or not!