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 same day at cheaper than market rates.
- X-ray and ECG are also done, when necessary
- Elementary techniques of physiotherapy are taught to the patients coming with 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. Patients from different parts of the district as well as from the neighbouring districts come regularly to get the benefit of 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 facility is also utilitised for hands-on training of the candidates of the Vocational Training Centre run by the Foundation.
It also reduces overcrowding of the govt. hospitals.
The villagers have to travel a long distance to the nearest hospital for the emergency care and their only viable transportation is private transport which many can ill afford; often patients cannot make to the govt. 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 Vocational Training Centre. The trainees get the opportunity to observe closely how the trained physicians treat the patients, who also discuss 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.
The indoor hospital has an OT but 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 and the trainees. We hope to overcome this problem soon with the participation of doctors and support from donors