HELP RESTORE EYESIGHTS TO 500 BANGLADESHIS PROJECT REPORT_May 24, 2013 The number of cataract patients are rising. This is in spite of the fact that the service providers for cataract operations in the country have increased considerably. Karmirhath hospital is trying to increase its capacity to handle an increased number of cataract patients. Case Study: 1.Purna Chandra Das: Purna Chandra Das, aged 60 years, is a very poor person. He had to sell his dwelling house in order to meet the demands for dowry for marriages of his two daughters. To make things worse for him, his doctor told him that he had developed cataract on both of his eyes and that he needed operations as soon as possible. Mr. Das who was almost a street beggar was unable to arrange fund for operations. He was trying hard to arrange funds for cataract operations on his eyes. In the mean time, when he was attending his doctor, he came to know that Karmirhath hospital not only give free treatments to poor patients, they perform cataract operations also free for them. So, Mr. Purna Chandra Das came to Karmirhath hospital last month and had his cataract removed from his right eye. A week later, his left eye was operated to remove cataract. Full eye sight has now been restored to Mr. Das. 2. Lal Bibi: Lal Bibi lives about 5 km from Karmirhath. She is 70, a widow having two sons. She lives with her elder son who is a van driver. She developed some trouble in her eyes. On examination at Karmirhath hospital, it was found that both of her eyes have developed Cataracts that need to be removed by surgery. Lal Bibi was admitted to the hospital. Cataract surgery were performed on both the eyes of Lal Bibi. She now moves around with normal eye sight.
February 11, 2013,
On September 27, 2012 a camp for screening Diabetic and Cataract patients was held at Chapadaha under Gaibandha Sadar. Before holding the camp, wide publicity was given so that more and more people attend the camp.
An Awareness campaign on Diabetic as well as on Eye Care was also held at the site before starting diabetic and eye tests. Speakers consisted of Diabetic Specialists, Eye Specialists and Prominent Social Workers. About 3000 people attended the Program.
About 500 people attended the Cataract Screening Camp held on September 27. 35 were detected having cataract. These patients attended our hospital on October 05, 2012. Necessary tests were conducted. Cataract operations were conducted on October 12, 2012 by a team consisted of an Ophthalmic Surgeon, an Ophthalmic Consultant, an Eye Specialist and two Nurses. Since the last Project Report, 69 Cataract Operations were conducted. The new Operation Microscope purchased in 2010 was used for cataract surgery.
Starting from 8:00 AM the operation continued till 3:00 PM. The patients took rest for about three hours. They were allowed to go home after post operation check up.
KARMIRHATH HOSPITAL, GAIBANDHA
“RESTORE EYE SIGHT TO 500 BANGLADESHIS” PROJECT REPORT October 18, 2012.
On September 19, 2012 a camp for screening Diabetic and Cataract patients was held at Sadullahpur Upo-Zilla which is about 15 km from Gaibandha town. Before holding the camp, wide publicity was given so that more and more people attend the camp.
An Awareness Program on Diabetic as well as on Eye Care was held at the Upo-Zilla Head Quarter on September 09, 2012. Speakers consisted of Diabetic Specialists, Eye Specialists and Prominent Social Workers. About 4000 people attended the Program.
About 500 people attended the Cataract Screening Camp held on September 19. Twenty five were detected having cataracts. These patients attended our hospital on September 24, 2012. Necessary tests were conducted. Cataract operations were conducted on September 25, 2012 by a team consisted of an Ophthalmic Surgeon, an Ophthalmic Consultant, an Eye Specialist and two Nurses. The new Operation Microscope purchased in 2010 was used for cataract surgery.
Story of Bulbul:
Bulbul who is 40 years old is a poor day laborer. He developed cataract in both of his eyes long ago. He was almost blind. He could not manage sufficient funds for surgery of his eyes. He lives about 50 km from Karmirhath hospital. About few months ago, Bulbul came to know that Karmirhath hospital at Gaibandha performs cataract operations on poor patients free of charge. He came to the hospital in August this year and got his right eye operated for cataract. Later on September 25, 2012, cataract operation was performed on his left eye. Bulbul is now very happy that he can see with both of his eyes. He is very grateful to GlobalGiving for providing funds for his operations.
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July 15, 2012
39 Cataract patients got back their eye sights following cataract surgery during the last 3 months in our hospital. The unusual feature during this period is we got three patients from other districts, who came here for cataract surgery. They are poor patients and could not afford operations in hospitals in their areas. When they came to know about Karmirhath hospital performing cataract operations on poor patients free. They contacted us. We gave them accommodations for free to stay at the hospital for surgery next day.
Tale of Khodeza Begum:
Khodeza Begum (70) is a widow who lives about 35 kilometers away from Gaibandha town. She has been suffering from eye sight complications for about 4 years. A local physician diagnosed her having cataract in both eyes. Khodeza is marginally poor. She cannot arrange subsistence for her family of three members. She and her family members live on irregular doles given by a local NGO and could not manage fund for surgery in clinics in her area. Later she came to know about Karmirhath hospital in Gaibandha town. When she attended Karmirhth hospital, cataract surgeon removed her cataract from one eye. After two weeks of operation in one eye, the second eye was operated on. Khodeza was very happy with the removal of cataract from both of her eyes when her full eye sights were fully restored.
Story of Rabeya Khatun:
Rabeya Khatun (75) is a domestic help. She is a widow and only breadwinner of her family. She developed cataract long ago, but could not get treatment for want of fund. Knowing from a neighbor, she came to Karmirhath hospital last month. After examining her and a few tests, she was given a date when operation was to be done. On the appointed date, cataract operation was performed successfully. Rabeya Khatun with her eye sight restored went home happy. Picture of Rabeya Khatun is attached.
I am from the neighboring district of Jamalpur. I was almost blind with cataract for the last three years. I could not manage sufficient funds for my operation in my district where it is very costly. A few months ago I came at the residence of one of my relations in Gaibandha. My relation informed me that Karmirhath hospital performs cataract operations on poor patients free. So he took me at the hospital. The Manager arranged for my operation free of cost. I am really grateful to Karmirhath and others who made it possible for my free operations.
2. Abul Kashem (75) of Lalmonirhat District. I am a poor old man.
I have none to support me. I had been suffering from low eye
sight for long. I could not get treatment for want of money.
Knowing that Karmirhath hospital takes care of poor patients I
came here and to my utter surprise, I got my affected eye
operated for cataract. I am now able to see without any
problem. Thanks to Krmirhath and to their donors for helping
Event: A big camp for screening Cataract and Diabetic patients will be held in September at the upo-zilla head quarter at Sadullahpur.
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.
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