The folks in the slums are also exposed to very high health hazards due to poor public hygiene and sanitation. Uncleared garbage can lie around for months and open sewers are everywhere.
Two Swabhimaan clinics have been operating since 2003 to help the people of the slums gain access to basic healthcare. The primary clinic is open to all and consulting and most drugs are free. The clinic is staffed by a primary health physician on all days except Fridays and Sundays between 11 AM and 2 PM.
The second clinic has a women’s and antenatal specialist and operates in the evenings for women patient’s only. This work is crucial since a lot of new mothers in the area are under-nourished teenagers. Lack of proper professional care can lead to inter generational ill health and poverty.