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Jun 15, 2018

Primary healthcare essential for every individual

Akbari, at RHCF's primary health care centre
Akbari, at RHCF's primary health care centre

Akbari, 46, a resident of MMB Street Kolkata. She runs a small tea shop in the outskirts of the city. For the past two months, Akbari had been experiencing severe headache and fatigue which begun to hamper her day-to-day activities and her work. Having lost faith in the government hospitals in her area, she decided to visit a local practitioner to cure her ailment. She found out from other locals who had visited the doctor that she required Rs.300 for the check up and Rs.900 for medicines. This amount was nothing but an additional burden for her that too it was uncertain about the period she needed treatment.

Her condition continued to worsen and reached a stage where she couldn’t walk more than a few steps due to fatigue. As her pain kept increasing, she was desperate for a doctor who could help her cure this problem. One of the men living in her neighbourhood told her how he was cured of shoulder pain after visiting RHCF’s clinic at Zakaria where he paid Rs. 50 for the checkup and received a week’s worth of medicines for free. Finding this too good to be true, Akbari decided to visit the centre herself on 16th April 2018. After a proper check-up, the General Physician- Dr. Kinkar found out the Akbari was suffering from high blood pressure (104/142 at that point of time). The doctor prescribed her with proper medicine and asked her to intake low-salt diet. Also he advised her to start morning walk so that blood flow in her body remains normal.

Akbari visited the centre the following week, wherein, she informed the doctor that she no more is troubled with fatigue and headache. However the physician found that her blood pressure was not yet normal but it had improved significantly (bp: 90/130). So, he advised her to continue the medicine and get her blood pressure checked-up at regular interval.
She now visits the centre whenever she feels unwell and recommends it to any of her friends or family member who is unwell.

Akbari is among several other benefciairies that have been served with primary healthcare and free medicines due to your donations that you have given to Rurual Health Care Foundation (RHCF) with great hope and trust. We at RHCF work to keep up your trust and provide the essentai heathcare facilities to the underprivileged that they deserve.

With intention to serve more people in need RHCF is continuing its service with zeal and expanding its operations to every corner of the state. Presentl, we are providing primary healthcare services through 16 rural clinics and 8 urban clinics spread across 8 districts of  West Benga, incuding Kolkata.

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Mar 19, 2018

Happy Feet...our little beneficiary

Tarik, our young beneficiary
Tarik, our young beneficiary

Tarik, an 8 year old boy lives in a village near our rural healthcare centre at Kusumgram. Like any other kid he is a naughty young fellow who keeps running and playing all around his village. "He can never stay at one place for long, everyone at my neighbourhood refers him as a bird" says Rubina, his mother.

However, a few months ago Tarik had become less active; the reason being severe pain in his legs. “I couldn’t play enough with my friends. The moment I played for more than five minutes my legs started aching” said Tarik.

Though Tarik’s parents wanted to take him to best doctors but being poor farmers they were monetarily constrained and felt helpless. “Seeing Tarik sitting alone and watching other kids play made me feel more pathetic. I wanted my son to be happy and playful again but did not know how?” says Tarik’s father.

“I discussed this matter with on of my friend in the village, who informed me about Rural Health Care Foundation and advised me to take my son there” said Tarik’s father. “Without delaying, I took my son the very next morning”.

To my surprise, there were hundreds of poor people like me in the queue. The more I talked to the fellow patients, I found out how Rural Health Care Foundation has brought positive changes in their lives. Quality doctors, better medical treatment and free medicines were the three things people were discussing. The conversation with other patients gave a light of hope before even visiting the doctor.

As our turn came, the general physician Dr. Adhikari observed Tarik, made him do few exercises and took his complete medical history. After diagnosing him completely he prescribed him with calcium tablets and asked me to make him drink milk regularly along with and other food containing calcium and minerals. The doctor said that Tarik had started developing calcium deficiency which was weakening his bones. He assured me that there was nothing serious at the moment and with proper food and medicines he would start his playful life in no time. Moreover, I was asked to bring Tarik again for a follow-up after 15 days.

Following the doctor’s advice I started giving Tarik proper diet and medication. Fortunately, I could see his condition improving just after 10 days of treatment. He had stopped complaining of ache and felt quite energetic like before. I could see my son improving which the doctor confirmed when we went for the follow-up.

It has been three month since Tarik visited our centre for the first time. Today Tarik still comes for follow-up with his father or whenever required in case of seasonal flu.  But today he is a joyful kid who plays as he used to without getting tired or pain. The prescribed medicines helped him to get back and start living a normal life. Tarik and his family visit our centres whenever they suffer from any medical issue.

However, Tarik is one among many who needs similar help and to provide such help our organization needs support from our donors. Each donor can change a life of a person in need.

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate seventeen primary health care centres (15 Rural Clinics and 8 Urban Clinics) in and across West Bengal, India, reaching out to over 1.7 million people. Each centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 70 ($ 1), patients are provided diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Besides this, each primary health care centre, in collaboration with other organizations, facilitates free cataract and cleft lip/palate surgeries for those in need.

The task at hand is huge and our intention over the last few years has been to spread out and serve as many people as we can, by establishing more such healthcare centres. The need in the current times is to scale up our existing operations to other districts of the state. In order to operate and set up new centres, we require constant funding. The funds would be used for purchasing medical equipment, hiring medical as well as support staff, staff at the Head Office, setting up infrastructure at the clinics, purchasing medicines etc.

Since the Government run medical facilities are sparse in these rural areas, news of patients benefitting from the treatment received at our clinics spreads to the neighboring villages, resulting in constant increase of footfall of patients at our clinics. We therefore feel the need to reach out to more such areas addressing the needs of more patients.

Dec 27, 2017

Much more than just medical treatment... A Human Bond

A warm dream for Santoo
A warm dream for Santoo

At Rural Health Care Foundation we not only provide medical treatment to the patients, but also create a lovely human-bond with them by campaigns and drives that we keep doing for making the life rural poor a little better. As the time approached for submitting a report to our donors, I on behalf of RHCF thought to share the story of our beneficiary who received more than just medical treatment:

The Stroy of Santoo

“All I have are coins” said Santoo while giving fees for medical treatment. Flower-seller by profession Santoo is 80 year old, resides at Notun Bazaar in Jyotish Roy Road and a beneficiary of Rural Health Care Foundation.

The centre-in charge (Jyotish Roy Road unit) says that every time Santoo visits the health centre he hands them forty coins in order pay the fees. He never has a note possibly because he always earns in pennies.

 “I have a daughter but she cannot look after me because she is not economically so strong, besides my grand-daughter is suffering from arthritis and she has to be treated. I’ m old and lived most of my life but my grand-daughter is young and I want her to live like a normal healthy child” says Santoo, while tears ran down through his cheeks.

The rush of emotions that Santoo was going through could be easily seen on his face, while he received the blanket under “Sirf Ek Kambal” drive by Kolkata Gives in association with RHCF. “This winter will not be same as all these years, tonight I shall sleep warm enough to see some beautiful dreams” last words by Santoo before he left our centre.

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We at RHCF keep working to provide healthcare service to the rural and urban slum poor. Additionally, we ensure to seek other ways to benefit them and serve them to the fulllest. Health Camps, Blanket drive etc are few such methods that we keep conducting at our healthcare units.

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate seventeen primary health care centres (11 Rural and 7 Urban Clinics) in and across West Bengal, India, reaching out to over 1.7 million people. Each centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 60 ($ 1), patients are provided diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Besides this, each primary health care centre, in collaboration with other organizations, facilitates free cataract and cleft lip/palate surgeries for those in need.

The task at hand is huge and our intention over the last few years has been to spread out and serve as many people as we can, by establishing more such healthcare centres. The need in the current times is to scale up our existing operations to other districts of the state. In order to operate and set up new centres, we require constant funding. The funds would be used for purchasing medical equipment, hiring medical as well as support staff, staff at the Head Office, setting up infrastructure at the clinics, purchasing medicines etc.

Since the Government run medical facilities are sparse in these rural areas, news of patients benefitting from the treatment received at our clinics spreads to the neighboring villages, resulting in constant increase of footfall of patients at our clinics. We therefore feel the need to reach out to more such areas addressing the needs of more patients.

 
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