Since its inception in 2003, KRHC has been supporting the poor patients, often with one or two part-time medical doctors but, unfortunately, in the absence of any full-time staff, for a; long time the services provided remained highly limited. However, since November 2013, KRHC has a full-time Medical Doctor, thanks to salary-support kindly provided by ASA Bangladesh, a renowned NGO of the country. ASA has also been kindly providing medicines (worth around Taka twenty thousand per month, to be given to the poor patients at subsidized prices). A part-time Medical doctor has also been working at KRHC (with support from CEI).
Originally, KRHC started working in a rented-type building, located in a busy market place at Kakina Bazaar. The building was owned by a former Mayor of Kakina, Mr Kahbir Uddin (popularly known as Khabir Chairman) who, until his death in 2008, remained a dedicated Volunteer of CEI, and did not charge any rent. The original arrangement remained operational for five years, i.e. even after his death. However, with support from CEI, a building was constructed in a nearby location on a plot of land owned by KRHC. So, it was possible for the Clinic to move to this newly constructed building in November, 2013. Originally, there was some apprehension whether it was going to be a right move, especially as the new building's location was somewhat remote; fortunately, the concerns were unfounded. Indeed, the Clinic at the new building has turned out to be popular with the patients. In particular, the female patients have found it an attractive location.
It may be mentioned that KRHC was established mainly to compensate for the deficiency of health facilities in the locality. In Lalmonirhat district (where the KRCH is located), medical expenditures incurred by the Government are negligible. Indeed, there are hardly any qualified medical doctors working in the villages.
Thus, KRHC has been helping especially the poor patients of the locality with regular day-time surgeries, besides it has also been running regular Health camps at various key locations. Moreover, a number of specific health programmes including the following have been implemented.
4. Eye diseases
Filaria (the hydrocele) is a common debilitating infection in this area caused by the filarial parasite, introduced by a mosquito bite. It is characterized by swollen testicles which can even prevent the sufferer from wearing trousers or riding a bicycle, affecting their ability to work. Patients suffering from goitre (caused by an overactive thyroid/ hyperthyroidism) suffer from swelling in the neck (just below the Adam's apple or larynx) and bulging eyes. Both diseases can be controlled. However, there is a notion that once a person gets this disease, it is non-reversible, although in the case of filaria this idea is now being seriously challenged. KRHC is committed to helping to reduce the occurrence of the disease, by educating the people to avoid being bitten by the mosquitos, and if they are bitten, treat them with available medicines. KRHC is also now keen to having their mini Diagnostic/Pathology Centre operational soon, thus providing at least some basic medical tests for the impoverished patients.
Ambulance for Poor Patients. With support from CEI, KRHC is also now planning to get an Ambulance for helping the poor patients urgently needing transport support, especially the vulnerable pregnant women. Indeed, such an Ambulance is greatly needed as these patients have no other means of transport to take them to the nearby hospitals/clinics.
Dr. Ahshan Habib Bulu MBBS (part-time, Oct, 2012 to Dec, 2012)
Dr. Mahfuj Ahmed MBBS (part-time, Jan, 2013 to Apr, 2013)
Dr. Rabiul Islam MBBS (part-time, May, 2013 to Oct, 2013)
Dr. Rawza Firoz MBBS (full-time, Nov, 2013 to Aug, 2014 and part-time since Sep, 2014)
Dr. Farzana Begum MBBS (full-time, Sep, 2014 to Mar, 2015)
Dr. Hemamalini Roy MBBS (full-time, Apr, 2015 to Oct, 2015)
Dr. Sharia Tasnin Kakon MBBS (full-time, Nov, 2015 to Aug, 2016)
Dr. Liakot Ali MBBS (full-time, since Sep, 2016).
List of Supporting Staff at KRHC.
Mr Abu Shahadot (Honorary Project Director)
Mr Majedul Islam (Manager)
Mr Mominur Rahman (Asst Manager)
Miss Mahbuba Akhtar, Nurse (Nov, 2013 - Mar, 2015)
Miss Mohsena Begum, Nurse (July, 2016-Aug, 2016)
Most Abion Nessa (Midwife)
Most Kamala Bhanu (Cleaner)
Mr Yasin Ali (Night Guard)
Health Visitors: Thanks to support from ASA, there are also five health visitors, shown below, who regularly make home visits especially checking the health of the Members of ASA. In particular, they regularly monitor the expectant mothers.
Miss Mohosena Begum
Miss Sewly Begum
Miss Khadiza Khatun
Miss Anjoli Rani
CEI is committed to serving the poor and the needy and we desperately need your help and support!