Healthcare Jugaads in India: and why they need to be replaced!

It was late in the evening when Ramesh, a 70-year-old man, felt a sudden pain in his chest. His family realized that he needed immediate medical care. The hospital was 9 miles away, and the lack of ambulance facilities and proper roads complicated the emergency. However, with some help, Ramesh reached the hospital on time.

This is the story of Dhar, a small city in Madhya Pradesh where modern medical facilities are still beyond the reach of the people. Incidents like this motivated one young man, Aziz Khan, to take matters into his hands. He came up with the idea of a bike ambulance to serve the needs of his villagers.

This is just one example of a medical emergency jugaad in India. There have been more instances across the country where such jugaads have saved lives.

Keshav Kshirsagar, an auto driver from Pune, transformed his three auto-rickshaws into ambulance vehicles with oxygen support. Ajay Trakeroo, who lives in Chhattisgarh, has made a unique motorbike ambulance that has saved the lives of more than 200 pregnant women and other villagers in remote tribal areas.

Quite inspiring, isn’t it?

While such initiatives are commendable, these stories have a much bigger lesson in them.

How did Jugaads come into the picture?

A study by The Indian Express shows that in 2020, 45% of deaths in India were due to medical inaccessibility and poor health infrastructure!

Technological advancements have enabled the government to step up its infrastructure game. However, the rural areas of India, where 64.61% of the population resides, still lack basic infrastructures, like well-kept roads and connecting highways.

Emergency medical services like ambulances are scarce. So, emergencies are often scary and difficult to handle for this part of the population. That is when people find jugaads or makeshift solutions for their problems.

Human lives are often at stake when healthcare facilities are negligible. This is also one of the biggest reasons many people lost their lives during the Covid 19 pandemic.

A collective effort of private and public sectors is required to connect remote rural villages to healthcare facilities and make ambulance services more accessible and convenient.

A Step Forward:

BSIDEU is putting its best foot forward in helping with this issue.

Our Mobile Medical Units conduct rural health camps, ensuring that basic healthcare facilities reach everyone. It is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project that provides essential health check-ups, diagnosis of common ailments, medicine prescription, preventive immunization, health awareness, and much more. This initiative has been quite favourable for rural communities.

Our Covid-19 initiative also inspired us to work harder! The distribution of the Covid 19 vaccines in rural areas across India was a significant step towards shielding the vulnerable population from the virus.

As a private entity, we are trying our best to reach out to the masses. However, delivering such services to every nook and cranny of the country will require a joint effort of the government and our fellow citizens.

Together, we firmly believe that we can transform the status of the Indian Healthcare Infrastructure!

Whether in a city or a village, we are always with you every step of the way!

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