Health program is another focus area being promoted by the Hazira Group Companies in the villages of Hazira. The Hazira Dispensary set up in 2003 has treated more than 1, 72,000 patients till date.
Additionally, an ongoing HIV-AIDS awareness campaign is being aided by us and more than 220 events have been organized, where more than 32000 people have participated.
Besides this, we have started a General medical camp on every Sunday, with objective being to provide additional access to health facilities. On every Sunday, General Physicians, Gynecologists, Pediatricians and Orthopedic doctors come to the Hazira area and provide their services. This weekly medical camp system started in Jan 2013 and a totalof 52 medical camps have been organized so far. More than 4000 patients have been treated. The entire system works in collaboration with Sarvajanik Medical Trust –Surat (a well-known state level expert NGO).
Hazira LNG and Port believe that it is vital to involve and work together with all stakeholders and communities, in our stride towards a sustainable society and a better future for coming generations. Our aim for Hazira is to have positive commercial, environmental and social impact.
As part of its corporate social responsibility activities, Hazira LNG & Port conducted two inaugural ceremonies of the campaign: Swachh Raho, Swasth Raho on 9th December, 2015 in Navchetan High School, Junagam, Hazira and in Hazira Primary School, Hazira.
Hazira LNG & Port's Swachh Raho Swasth Raho campaign focuses on the health and hygiene of people of villages around Hazira. The temperature and humidity of Surat City are powerful triggers for mosquito breeding. It was therefore necessary organize a health and hygiene campaign. Incidentally, the national Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi motivated Hazira LNG & Port's health and hygiene campaign. Swachh Raho Swasth Raho also calls for prevention and control of vector borne disease like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, filariasis in and around Hazira and other villages of Surat District.
With this campaign Swachh Raho, Swasth Raho, Shell Group intends to make school children the ambassadors for the health and hygiene campaign. This promotes Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Swachh Raho, Swasth Raho campaign includes printed material and cleaning kit to encourage students to cultivate and maintain health, hygiene and cleanliness.
Traditionally, India was one of the global hotspots of Polio. Polio is transmitted from human to human without an intermediary host and is preventable by mass vaccinations.
Policy makers make the assumption in Polio eradication that socio-economic variables do not intervene substantially and correspondingly that biological controls are alone going to be very effective.
However, based on our experience, in reality even with Polio eradication, socio-economic variables do intervene tremendously.
These factors are:
The Governmentof India putsa lot of resources into the Polio basket and as a private sector company;we support the immunization programme to make India a Polio free country.
The Hazira Group of Companies has been actively involved in the Government's "Polio Free Nation"campaign. As part of this campaign, Government has declared a dedicated day for Polio vaccination which is called a "Polio Sunday". During each round of Polio vaccination day, wehave tried to give Polio vaccination to all the children in the age group of below 5 years. On each Polio Sunday, company staff remain present in each of the 20-25 booths. This has helped provide services to all the children.
HGCsupports every round of this campaign with the following objectives:
Before the day of the actual vaccination camp, volunteers would be organized to go to shanties and residential areas asking people to come for the camp the next day. On the day of the camp,staff support was given to set up booths in remote corners, in house-to-house administration of vaccine to reach out to all those who were missed, provide vehicles to ensure timely vaccine delivery and helpattract children to the booths.
During the Polio immunization camp, wegave each child a small gift (Parle Biscuit packet). The "Polio drop with Biscuit" approach attracts the kids and generates awareness among the community. This has helped covered most of the eligible children in small window of time.
Due to inadequate manpower from Govt.and large migrant population, we have added more five booths to cover the entire project area.
Initially, there was lack of awareness on such vaccination and there was low coverage.Parents and their children did not take this seriously and as a result around half of the eligible children could not be immunized.
The HGC team has taken the process lead to get more coverage by strengthening entire booth system and have achieved almost 100% eligible immunized in every round.
Since 22nd February, 2004 to 23th Feb 2014 (in 10 years) a total of 30 rounds of such vaccination have taken place. The Polio camps have covered 85740 children.
At HGC, we believe in being a part of the community efforts to sustain India as a Polio free country.