About 5.7 million people, among a total population of 150 million, of Bangladesh are suffering from diabetes according to a survey conducted by the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh. The prevalence of the disease in the district of Gaibandha is well above the average as it is, unfortunately, one of the poorest districts of the country. Karmirhath Hospital started Diabetes Section in 1998. 16,549 diabetic patients so far received treatment at our hospital. We had been experiencing difficulties arranging finances for the treatment of our patients. The hospital received a boost when Karmirhath started raising fund through GlobalGiving Foundation.
We held a Diabetic Screening Camp in the rural area last month. Before holding the camp, wide publicity was made so that more and more people attend the camp. About 300 people attended. 40 were detected having diabetes. These patients later attended our hospital. Necessary tests were conducted, Guide Books given and Diabetes Awareness lessons were given to them.
A total of 1400 patients attended our hospital during the last 3 months; among them 40 were new patients.
A Case History: Zaheda Khatun (70), wife of Alek Mia lives in a village named Jugibari about 20 kilometer from Gaibandha town. She is very poor and has been suffering for the last 4 years. Her husband is a physically disabled person and cannot earn. He lives on begging. So Zaheda Khatun could not afford to consult a doctor for want of money, let alone buying medicines. One day one of her neighbors informed her that Karmirhath Hospital at Gaibandha town provides free treatment to poor patients. With the help of some neighbor she came to Karmirhath hospital in the first week of May, 2012. She was examined at the hospital and diagnosed as a diabetic patient. All necessary tests were conducted and prescription given. Medicines were provided free of costs. Since her first visit to the hospital, Zaheda Khatun has been improving. Some sympathetic neighbors of her provide costs of visiting the hospital, initially, every week and now every fortnight, to keep a close watch on her progress.
Zaheda Khatun is now very grateful to Karmirhath and GlobalGiving for arranging her free treatment. Picture of Zaheda Khatun attached.
lots of complications. After taking treatment continuously, I feel much better now.
I can attend to my normal routine works. I get free medicine including insulin from the hospital.
Thanks to Karmirhath for their help.
KARMIRHATH HOSPITAL, GAIBANDHA
“HELP TREAT 1200 POOR DIABETIC PATIENTS”.
April 11, 2012.
Diabetic camps in the rural area could not be arranged during the months of February and March 2012. A total of 531 diabetic patients, both new and old, attended the Diabetic Section of Karmirhath Hospital during this period.
A very nominal fee is taken from new patients. Guide book is given free to new patients. Insulin is given free to poor Chronic Diabetic Patients. Poor patients are given medicines free. All new patients along with their attending relations are given awareness training in classes.
Karmirhath Hospital Authorities are grateful to donors who donate to “Help Treat 1200 Poor Diabetes in Bangladesh”.
PROJECT REPORT April 11, 2012.
No Eye Camp could be arranged during the last two months. 1181 eye patients attended our hospital in this period for treatment/check up. Free consultations and treatments were provided to each patient. Among these, 13 patients were found to have affected with cataract. Cataracts were removed from these patients successfully through manual Phaco Surgery conducted at our own hospital (Karmirhath Hospital) free of any charge. These people are now leading normal lives taking care of their dependents. They express their gratitude to those donors who made the operations possible.
Karmirhath Hospital has one medical officer for Eye, one experienced Eye Consultant and one experienced Ophthalmic Surgeon and a hosts of paramedics. The eye section is well equipped with latest equipment thanks to our donors overseas.
Two pictures showing Dr. Abdus Samad, Consultant examining eye patients are attached.