Swollen Ganga in Bihar

The number of deaths in Bihar floods today rose to 222 even as all major rivers, except Punpun and Kosi, were flowing below danger mark.

The flood situation in Bihar appears to be improving as the Ganga waters receded below danger marks for the first time in the past two weeks but heavy rains led to water-logging on railways tracks in Howrah and Sealdah divisions in West Bengal affecting train services.
With 19 more deaths, the number of lives lost in the Bihar floods today touched 198, even as the water levels of swollen Ganga With six more deaths reported in Bihar today, the flood toll in the state this monsoon rose to 165.

The number of deaths in Bihar floods rose to 159 with three more deaths being reported more, while the situation in Uttar Pradesh improved due to receding river waters even as some parts of northern India received rains. The overall flood situation in Bihar on Sunday showed signs of improvement with river Ganga and its tributaries receding and relief operations continuing, officials said.

With reports of eight fresh deaths on Thursday, the total toll in Bihar flood increased to 135, with Bhojpur district accounting for 12 deaths in the second round of floods due to the swollen Ganga. As Bihar reels under massive flood situation mainly due to swollen River Ganga, 29.71 lakh people being affected by the deluge in 24 districts of the state. In such hopeless situation Covenant Social Service has provided the shelter, food stuff, cloths medical help etc we are thankful for our donors and those who have helped CSS to reach this needy people.

St. Luke Health Centre Aurad

History of St. Luke Health Centre

In the year 1972, HCC started a drought relief program in and around Gulbarga town. During this time health concerns were identified as a result of which a health team was formed in the year 1974. At that time the health teams was providing primary health care and refer the patients to Government general hospital for treatment. In the year 1975 a doctor was appointed and regular health clinics were started. In 1981 four acre of land was bought and the health centre building was constructed in 1991. The Health centre was inaugurated in 1993 with 15 beds. Over a period of time nursing students undergoing training in other Institutions were placed in St. Luke Health Centre for experience in community health. Tuberculoses and family planning program, HIV care blindness prevention program was also added to the services. The international students also started coming to the Health centre for gaining experience. At present the Health Centre has a capacity of 30 beds.

The Health Centre is also working in partnership with Karnataka Health Promotion Trust for implementing Mac Aids program for vulnerable children. The Health Centre also implements the link worker scheme supported by Karnataka State Aids prevention society and NACO in 5 blocks of Gulbarga District of 100 villages.

Existing Medical Services provided in Health Centre

Regular OPD

Every day of the week except Sunday regular outpatient clinic is conducted at 09.30 am to 13.30 hrs morning session and 14.30 to 16.30 hrs as afternoon session. On Saturday it is from 09.30 to 13.30 hrs. This is the entry point of the public to our services. On an average 40-50 patients attend the OPD.

Training Program

Main trainees of our programs are nursing students for their community health training. We have degree and diploma nursing students from KBNIMS (medical students). Every Wednesday specialist doctor i.e. MD Medicine, Gynecology and pediatric are visiting our centre. The students from Bachelor of Social Work practice weekly twice with Aurad center. Group of students from North Park University Chicago, USA Visited on 9th January 2016, SVF Jonkoping, and Gothenburg University, Sweden joined us this year.

TB Control Program

This Centre is a Designated Microscopy Centre (DMC) for RNTCP of Tuberculosis, laboratory technician is trained and approved person. Sputum examination is done free of charge, if found positive referred to the respective PHCs or other government hospitals of the area. Since this centre is an active partner in HIV care this facility and service is also the most important. All HIV persons are to be screened for TB and thus it is very helpful. Major share of this program is borne by government grant. The work carried in the centre is appreciated by the District TB Officer and strictly regular quality control is maintained

Blindness Control Program

Second Wednesday of the month is the camp days. With help of KBNIMS, Many elderly dependent people are helped and made to live an independent life.

Family Planning Program

Every Tuesday is the operation day and we have provision to operate ten men and women. This is a free service to the patient, This program is done with collaboration of the district family planning department. 200 operations are done per year. During the stay of the women we have arranged a series of counseling sessions for the women on personal hygiene, care of new born and children under five years of age, spreading of HIV/ TB, waterborne diseases etc. Other than the official sessions audio tapes and CDs are played on and off with education and spiritual matter.

Link Workers Scheme

Link workers Scheme started from 1st December-2013 in the villages numbering around 100 villages with a population of around 180,000, in Six Blocks of Gulbarga District. These include HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in the rural areas of the District, funded by GFATM, NACO and Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society. Now this program is continued for the year April 2016 to March 2017.

MAC AIDS Programme

MAC/AIDS started in the month of September 2014, in the Gulbarga Block, funded by Karnataka Health Promotion Trust Bangalore, under this program HIV/AIDS infected and effected children will be covered, conducting support group meeting, making them to receive available service from Government/private sector and providing them psycho-social support.



CSS is successful with getting the admission for Puja who is mentally challenged. Puja’s mother works in a red-light area who is unable to take care of her as she approached CSS staff. After one and half years of strong efforts today Puja is enjoying the special school. Kindly remember Puja in your prayers for good wishes.


Vitthal Pawar

Vitthal Pawar comes from a village called Wangi, farming is only way for his income source, but since last two years there is no proper rain so he is having a hard time. CSS arranged a farmers meeting where we provide guidelines and educate them about advance farming. Mr Vitthal came in contact with CSS staff in such meeting. After learning his story, CSS staff connected him to government schemes which run for the farmers. CSS helped him with the documentation and access the Schemes where State  government provides Brush cutter. After six months continuous visitation and providing all the documents, CSS is successful in helping Mr Vitthal Pawar to have the brush cutter which he use to cut the grass and use for his animal and run milking business . The cost of the instruments is Rs. 28000 but with help of CSS contribution he got it for Rs. 7800.

Mr. Vitthal is so thankful to CSS for their guidance in advance farming and helping to access the Government schemes.

Story of Mohammad Asif Sheikh

Mohammad is a eleven year old boy staying in Govandi since the last six years. His father is working in a dump yard for sorting the garbage. Mohammad also started following his father and his father thought this was the best option for him he also encouraged him to join the same work. Mohammad was earning 60 to 80 per so family was also happy for it and Mohammad was also getting some money out of it as pocket money. But behind this he was losing his childhood life and education. HCC staff came to know about Mohammad and his life and we had talk with his parents and made them understand about his future, but they were not happy to send him to school. After continuous visitation and counselling, Mohammad's parents agreed to send him to school. Mohammad found difficulties in the beginning of the school but later he was the first one and most energetic and enthusiastic boy to join the non-formal school. Mohammad has continued the school for last three months but his parents has seen drastic changes in his life. So they are co-operating with our staff for sending Mohammad for joining regular school.  Mohammad will join regular school in the month of June, and as per his grasping power we will try to upgrade him to the next class.