Initially we started with the opening of the out-patient facility in October 2008.
Special features of the services provided from the out-patient hospital are:
- Offering rational therapy at a much lower cost, subsidizing for the poor,
- Generic prescribing and dispensing drugs at a much cheaper rate
- Common laboratory tests are done on the premises at cheaper than market rates.
X-rays and ECGs are also done, when necessary.
- Elementary techniques of physiotherapy are taught to the patients with different types of joint pain
- Instructions regarding taking the medicines in a proper way and information on possible side effects of medicines prescribed are provided to the patients.
The Hospital (Amader Haspatal which means Our Hospital) has already earned a reputation, many patients from different parts of the district as well as from the neighbouring districts come regularly to get the hospital services; more than 36,000 new patients and about 200,000 old patients have attended the outdoor section of the hospital till the end of December 2014.
The outdoor hospital also helps hands-on training of the candidates who come for vocational trainees in the Foundation; it also helps the crowded State-run hospitals by reducing the patient-load.
The villagers have to travel a long distance to the nearest hospital for the emergency care and their only viable transportation is the ox-driven cart; often patients cannot make to the hospital. We have built a 2-story 12 bed in-patient care unit to provide some degree of immediate medical care to the seriously ill villagers to stabilize the critical condition before transporting to a regular hospital, if needed.
The facility is also used for a hands-on training of the vocational trainees of the centre. The trainees get the opportunity to observe closely how the trained physicians treat the in-patients, discuss on the principles of diagnosis of diseases and the rational treatment protocol.
The same facility has a labour room for child-birth by trained midwife. A trained doctor would supervise the child birth and educate the mothers about the family planning and benefits of breast feeding and childhood vaccinations.
We could not yet open the surgical wing due to constraints of unavailability of surgeons and necessary equipment. This is a felt need of the patients of the hospital as well as for the trainees.
We hope to overcome this problem soon with the participation of doctors and support from donors