After a tiring journey through the mountains of Kanti in Semiliguda block of Koraput district we reached Bada Manjari on Wednesday (13-1-16) . While there were discussions over the sustainable energy issues by other members of our team , I went down the streets of the little village of Kondh tribe . The village was clean . But suddenly I discovered an Old woman sleeping on a cot in the street . Curiously I asked if she was all right .The woman nearby who was cleaning paddy answered that she was suffering from fever for the last four days . When asked if she had taken any medicine , the reply was a Big No ! She had not taken anything as there was no medicine with anyone , not even with the Asha Worker in the village for the last two months .Last week Mobile health unit had come but did not give anything to the Asha Worker not even the basic medicines for Lose Motion , Fever etc . I was also surprised the community's behaviour towards an ailing Old Woman who was sick in front of them for the last four days .Asked the villagers , the youth in the village if it was not their collective responsibility to see that they are taken care off even when the State had left them to suffer on their own with the remedy being at atleast 30 Kms down the hills ! While returning I urged the young man who was taking leading decisions in the village to see that she gets better care and take her to the hospital at Semiliguda even if it meant collecting some money from the villagers . It need to be a community practice to stand together that tribals cherished for long . Where has that spirit gone ..i Wondered ...!
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