Rekha Singh- Girishma’s mother is living with her husband and parents-in-law. Inhabiting in extremely impoverished and backward conditions, they did not have any permanent source of income.

Underweight, anaemic, and pregnant Rekha was referred to Rajawadi Hospital for undergoing regular health checkups and sonographies. She was prescribed various medicines. But she was still not gaining weight because of insufficient food intake as she could not afford nutritious food items.

She gave birth to a premature baby. The baby weighed only 1.5 kg and this was abnormally low. She had to undergo a Caesarian section and was unable to breastfeed her baby. Looking at the baby’s grave condition, the doctor prescribed lactogen powder be fed to the baby.

To make the situation worse, severely malnourished Girishma contracted Pneumonia in Kandivali, at Rekha’s mother’s place. In a bid to improve Girishma’s health, she was given a mustard oil massage. However, the oil and area’s hygiene had an adverse reaction to her sensitive skin and caused a severe fungal infection. Doubtful about the baby’s survival, they took the baby to several hospitals but could not afford the treatment.

Upon their return to Govandi, our health worker referred them to the doctor at the municipal office. The doctor prescribed a number of medicines, including a blood test to determine Girishma’s health status. Medicines were provided at a subsidised rate. With appropriate medical intervention, the baby’s weight increased remarkably.

Meanwhile, Rekha was also counselled about the right way to breastfeed, keeping the household clean, and the importance of boiling water for her baby. Throughout these sessions, they worked on building Rekha’s confidence and she slowly learned how to take care of the baby and become a good mother.

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