One of the younger boys has had severe pain in his stomach and lower back for months, combined with a slight skin infection, he has been to the government hospital several times, although as is often the case the doctors prescribe medicines without actually informing the patients of the cause.
The father who had taken him to hospital the previous times was not getting any support so asked Rob to come to the hospital with him to, hopefully, find out and bring a solution to his sons' problems.
Anyone who has been to a government hospital in India will surely know that it's not the most inviting of places, there are queues and queues everywhere and very little assistance. However saying that I do believe they provide a great service as registration costs just 20 rs. It is important to get in early to get at the front of your first queue for the registration papers which opens at 8:30, but then the doctors do not arrive till 9:30. If you're not one of the first in line, then you can be waiting for another 4 hours to be seen as people try their hardest to squeeze through the system to gain some time and push their way in.
Thankfully the father went in early and got to the front of the queue (token 1), but 6 or 7 people managed to see doctor before we were allowed in. The doctor seemed to care for the patients before us and that was a good sign, and when it was our turn she examined the boy well and narrated that it was most likely just worms and stomach acid from spicy food, however this diagnosis might have had more to do with their status rather as she assumed that they were not drinking clean water. Doctor also asked for a blood/urine test to be done just in case.