- Amlan Kumar Nandy, Ashish Kumar Jena, Aman Kumar Singh, Akash Kumar
It is a well known fact that our county is facing a severe shortage of doctors. And the ones present are mostly in urban areas. Remote rural areas, stuck on the bottom of the ladder, suffer from a lack of properly equipped hospitals and qualified doctors. Thousands of people in such areas die every year due to lack of proper treatment or late diagnosis/detection of their diseases.
Bangra is a agriculture worker living in the village of Santia, located in the Balasore district of Odisha. By working in the farms of the big landlords in his village, Bangra barely earns enough to feed the bellies of his wife and 2 daughters. Last summer, his younger daughter fell sick with Pneumonia. The nearest hospital was situated 40 kilometers away, in Balasore. Getting immediate treatment was very difficult. And even then, there was no way he could afford treatment at a big hospital with his modest earnings. Somehow after borrowing some money at an exorbitant rate of interest from his employer, he took his daughter to a hospital in Balasore. The girl survived, but unfortunately she lost her sense of hearing due to delayed treatment. This is just one of the several cases that occur in our country every year. These people deserve a better life, and we aim to provide that to them.
Since it wasn't physically possible for us to go to a village, we talked to some daily wage labourers who have come from rural Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand for finding work in Bhubaneshwar. We recorded one of those conversations in form of an interview. The interview was done in Hindi, but the transcript has been translated in English for easier understanding.
Google Drive Link - https://drive.google.com/open?id=15-bdbzg2F7SD9aPW6A05cGbuJuRX7cqg
All the time we spent researching on this problem statement, it made us really how privileged we really are, and how much we take things for granted. And how backwards and under-developed our country's healthcare system is. It was horrible seeing and hearing how miserably people are living in `certain parts of our country. Thankfully, it also helped us solidify our vision on this project, and how can use our skills and resources at ThingQbator to help them. We know that we can change a lot of lives with your solutions. We just need a platform to prove ourselves.