London-returned Dr. Bindu Menon recently started visiting remote villages to spread health awareness about hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, stroke and other neurological disorders. Dr. Menon treats patients in her fully equipped medical van called ‘Neurology on wheels.’ She also informs the ignorant villagers about different do’s and don’ts about several diseases and guides them about preventing stroke, epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
When she went to remote Vedicherla village, near Gudur, in SPSR Nellore district on Sunday morning, she spoke to about 150 villagers and treated them. The villagers who show their hospitality by giving Dr. Menon and her team of volunteers coconut water, buttermilk, and some eatables. “People with seizures suffer from social stigma and the rural crowd believes they are possessed by a god or goddess,” notes Dr. Menon, during her visit to villages treating thousands of patients in the process.
Since people in rural areas do a lot of physical activity, they are at a higher risk to develop neurological orders mainly because of the consumption of common salt several times more than the required 2,300 mg per day (about 1 teaspoon). It is important to spread awareness and prevent more cases. Dr. Menon launched a toll-free helpline, 18001020237, that educates people on neurological disorders and their prevention in Telugu, English, and Hindi. “Many patients in villages discontinue medication as they can’t afford it,” she said in a conversation with The Hindu. As a solution to this, she also provides medication to the patients.