Caring for Conservators
WCT supports conduction of preventive health check-up camps offering free medical care for forest staff placed at tiger reserves.
India’s frontline forest staff work under very stressful conditions. They often neglect their health due to the remoteness of their postings coupled with the high costs of medical care.
WCT addresses this by providing forest officials with access to preventive healthcare services free of cost. This initiative is being conducted in partnership with UrHealthAccount by Agile Congruence Pvt. Ltd.
We provide essential medical services to forest staff. Frontline forest officials are deployed in Protected Areas (PAs) around the country where they work under very stressful conditions. Extreme weather conditions, long and strenuous patrols and encounters with armed poachers lead to high incidences of stress-related diseases.
The situation is exacerbated by the lack of quality healthcare services available to these men and women. Uninsured staff are even more vulnerable as they avoid routine health check-ups to keep their medical costs to a minimum.
To resolve this, a WCT-Mobile Health Unit (MHU) moves across 21 tiger reserves in 5 states providing forest officials with much needed medical attention.
- A full medical examination by a physician
- Blood pressure, height and weight check
- Checks of vital parameters for cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems as well as the gastrointestinal tract
- Basic pathology investigations including hemoglobin levels, blood sugar, urine sugar and others
- Staff diagnosed with diabetes receive thorough investigations including Lipid profile
- ECG tests to check for heart conditions
These initial screenings allow WCT health teams to identify officials with chronic or serious illnesses so that specialised treatment can be provided to them. This programme is being conducted in partnership with the Chiguru Wildlife Conservation Society.
In addition, WCT ensures that all Anti-poaching Camps (APCs) within a PA have a first-aid box and other necessary medical supplies. APCs are typically located in the inner reaches of forests and having first-aid supplies handy is extremely useful for officials.
WCT teaches officials how to use the kits provided and routinely replenishes them.
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