Village Rotary booths (The two groups split up into different
groups, so I cant tell you where each team member went) see
2 Kaval Kudam
5 Udumaiya Nathan
6 Raman Street
8 Samuthaya Kudam
14 Muthaiya puram
(Public Health Centre)
25 Vadakal Sali Vattam
28 Public Healther Center
We started our NID by walking outside the Sterling gate, 10 K from
Kumbakoman, and to the little booth at Thimakudi where 160 children
were expected for immunization. It was all bedlam and crying babies
as our team immunized children, strung balloons and took photos.
Stop 2 (Booth #7) Thirupuramaiyam didnt stay long
Carols observations - Travelling to our third stop bumpy, dusty
red dirt road past green rice paddies and lush vegetation; thatched
roof homes, bicycles and bullock carts, bikes with stainless steel
milk containers secured by ropes; we know we have arrived at our
next stop when we see the telltale red and white polio banner
Stop 3 Kothankudi
Responsible for 300 children
Hospital with 4 in-patient beds, a small labor room, Indian toilet,
pharmacy with large top-loading refrigerator where polio vaccine is
stored. The doctors (including Dr. Guna, consulting pediatrician),
health workers and Rotarians show us route maps, lists of children
and talk about the infrastructure behind a successful NID.
Stop 4 Neelathanallur (Booth #1)
Each stop we get out and immunize a few children, paint a few
fingernails, take a few photos, say hello to mothers and babies. We
hand out stickers and watch as eyes appear from behind corners and
Were in an agricultural area where rice and sugarcane are major
crops. Our car has a tough time maneuvering the dirt road of deep
potholes. The local Rotarians remark that its a good thing that it
didnt rain yesterday so that the NID team could participate in the
program. During monsoons, the vaccine and Rotarians travel by
Stop 5 At Sattankudi (Booth #20), Rtn. Shreepal Jain says that no
foreigners have never visited this area. The villagers are curious,
excited and want to see us. They bring their children to the
immunziation booth and gesture for photos. The Rotarians, as well
as the villagers, Shreepal says, are very happy because no one has
ever seen and recognized the polio work they have accomplished.
At our last stop before lunch, women want their pictures taken with
their babies. Shreepal points to a book used as a paperweight to
keep documents from blowing away. He remakrs that holding down
paper is all the book is good for this village is illiterate.
Lunch Were invited into the home of PDG Vasikaran, an architect
who is married to Chittra, the doctor responsible for the polio
program in this area.
After lunch, we headed back to the hotel for massage; time with the
animals of the estate chittal (deer friend of Pamela), turkeys,
cows and bullocks; rest time and e-mail catch-up.
Dinner with Rotary clubs of Kumbakonam including the traditional
exchange of banners and gifts.