Since last April, we have been trying to hire an Indian speech and language therapist, without success up to this date. Himachal Pradesh does not seem to be attractive enough for this profession: demand from families is very new, hospitals have not opened any post, salaries generally offered in Himachal do not match those offered in big cities, Himachali students are not motivated to take up this profession, socio-geographical conditions might even frighten non Himachalis...
The need is nevertheless huge in Kullu district and Himachal as a whole, just like in any other region of the world. Among children registered in the Handimachal Unit only, there are more than 35 children in need of this kind of services, and of course this need is even higher if we take into consideration the various schools of Kullu district.
This is why we are so grateful to Veena Ramkumar for having accepted to defy cold temperatures and volunteer with us as a speech therapist for the whole month of January. Of course this is not enough but she immediately began meeting patients with the objective to educate parents regarding their child's condition, give demonstration therapy and some program to follow at home. After leaving Kullu to complete her Masters in Speech Therapist, Veena proposes to provide us with some general training materials and keep in touch with our team to continue following up with children.
In order to give maximum benefits to our young patients during Veena's limited presence, Veena and Shruti kindly accepted to keep the Unit opened without consideration of gazetted holidays, many thanks indeed.
Get a glimpse of Veena's sessions in the Handimachal Unit in the slideshow below.
All our gratitude to Veena, we hope to see her again in the future!
Dominique, 11 January 2014