Ashok Kumar lives in Pangrio City with his son, Piush, who is 17 years old. Piush had a fever and cough for a few days, and with the spread of Covid-19, Ashok was very concerned and took him to Pangrio Hospital. There the doctor declared him as Covid-19 positive and the staff began to panic; though no tests were conducted. Ashok was unwilling to believe this diagnosis without a formal assessment.
Any father would not stand seeing his children in pain and fear, so he finally brought his son to the Community Health Center at Shadi Larg. The environment there was calm and the staff was very gentle and approachable. They tested his son first, and he was indeed positive with Covid-19 and was told to isolate for 14 days. Now he has recovered and is healthy again, and Ashok feels grateful towards the staff at the clinic who supported his son in his recovery. As Ashok shared this story, there were tears in his eyes and he made many well-wishes for the Indus Hospital in its endeavor to provide quality service.
This is the story of only one patient who benefitted from the Community Health Center set up in a village of Shadi Large, Badin, Pakistan. There are more than 65,000 direct beneficiaries, out of which 28,000 are clinic-based.
63% of Pakistanis live in rural areas with limited access to healthcare facilities. To be more accessible to the masses, our supporters from ‘Friends of Indus Hospital, USA – Seattle Chapter’ joined hands to raise funds for Indus Health Network to establish a community health center in a container at Shadi Large. This initiative has enabled easy health access to over 2.8 million residents of Badin, Tharparker, Umerkot, and Mirpurkhas. The clinic provides primary care including family medicine, lab collection, pharmacy, and a procedure room. Since its inception in July 2020, Shadi Large has had 8,538 patient visits, out of which 4,553 are adults and 3,982 are pediatric patients.
The Center functions as the first point of contact to provide continuous, comprehensive, and coordinated care. To play our part during the global pandemic, the container extended its services to integrate COVID-19 by actively screening, identifying, testing, and referring affected patients. So far, 4,114 individuals have been screened and 3,036 people have received antibody testing. Indus Health Network is indeed working tirelessly to change the paradigm of healthcare delivery in Pakistan by making quality healthcare accessible to all.