An IndiaUnheard video has helped over 500 people in a remote village of Manipur in North East India get healthcare for the first time.
An IndiaUnheard video by Daniel Mate, our correspondent from Chandel district of Manipur, has inspired a local organization Burning Voices to donate a carload of lifesaving medicine for villagers who were in dire need of healthcare in a remote village.
On 24th May this year, we published Daniel Mate’s video Village Lacks Healthcare. The video report showed the plight of a village called Bongli, 10km from Tengoupal, Manipur which had no access to healthcare. The lack of medicine and proper healthcare was forcing people to using herbs and faith healing to take care of their sick and dying. The only remaining option is to travel 10 km to Tengoupal, where if they are lucky the Public Health Centre would be open. If it is open they may not have adequate staff to attend their needs. Despite complaints have been made, the government has taken no action so far to improve the situation for these people.
Once this story was shown on IndiaUnheard website, Daniel was contacted by Ronid Chingangbam - a senior member of an organization called Burning Voices. Burning Voices is a Manipuri youth group which promotes contemporary art and literature. Ronid soon met Daniel with several cartons of medicine needed for the village. Daniel, with the help of Kuki Student Organization - a local students' group and a local doctor distributed these medicines among the villagers of Bongli as well as some other neighbouring villages that needed it.
So within a month of it's publication the video helped over 500 people in a remote village access healthcare.
Why hasn't the Plantation Act been implemented that cares for the welfare of tea garden workers?