It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate ten primary health care centres (9 Rural Clinics and 5 Urban Clinics) in across four districts of West Bengal, India reaching out to over 1.5 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. Beside 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 clinic spreads to the neighbouring 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.
The following is the feedback of a patient who is benefitted from our services.
9-year-old Jasmin , is a bright young girl, full of life. She studies in a municipal school in Namkhana, South 24 Pargana, West Bengal. Everything was going well until one afternoon when after returning from school, she vomited, passed stools and was feverish. The next day she was rushed to RHCF’s Namkhana Centre. The general physician at the centre, suspected food poisoning. Something went wrong after she had the midday meal at school, the previous day. Strangely, her schoolmates were fine. Dr. Karmakar recommended regular intake of ORS and a 7-day course of medicines. Hospitalization was recommended if she continued vomiting.
However, Jasmin did not need to be hospitalized. Doctor’s medication and ORS were enough to help in her speedy recovery. After a week, when she came back to the clinic with her father, for a follow up with the doctor, the duo looked happy. Abdul, Jasmin’s father is a farmer by profession. On Jasmin’s second visit to the doctor, he brought vegetables from his farm as a token of thanks. Doctor told him that Jasmin had a weak immune system which would improve if she visited the centre regularly for check-ups and medication. Abdul was so grateful and satisfied with the treatment and the doctor’s behaviour that he recommended the services to his close friends and family members. Jasmin continues to visit the health centre regularly.