Kakina Rural Health Centre, KRHC, was established in 2004. Originally, it served the needs of poor patients in the wider Kakina area though part-time medical doctors from a central location in Kakina Bazaar, an arrangement that lasted for 10 years. Now the health centre is served by a full time doctor and has its own building and a small ambulance.
KRHC started working in a rent-free building, located in a busy market place at Kakina Bazaar. The building was owned by a former Chairman of Kakina Union Council, Mr Kahbir Uddin, (popularly known as Khabir Chairman) who, until his death in 2008, remained a dedicated Volunteer of CEI. The original arrangement remained operational for an extra five years after his death.
However, with support from CEI and a grant from the Charles Hayward Foundation, a building was constructed on a plot of land owned by KRHC. So, in November, 2013, KRHC moved to this newly constructed building. Originally, there was some apprehension about whether it was going to be the 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, being more discrete than the busy bazaar.
The unsatisfactory arrangement of part-time doctors was addressed in November 2013, when a full-time medical doctor was employed thanks to salary-support provided by ASA Bangladesh, a renowned NGO of the country. ASA has also been providing medicines (worth around Taka 20,000/= per month), to be given to the poor patients at subsidised prices.
KRHC was established mainly to compensate for the deficiency in 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.
In its early years KRHC organised 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, caused by a mosquito bite. It is characterised 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. KRHC is committed to helping to reduce the occurrence of these diseases by educating the people to avoid being bitten by the mosquitos, and if they are bitten, treat them with available medicines.
Ambulance for Poor Patients. Thanks to the generosity of our well-wishers and supporters, in April 2018, we delivered an ambulance to Kakina Rural Health Centre. The ambulance is greatly helping the poor and vulnerable patients as they have no other means of transport to take them to the hospitals/clinics, the nearest ones are mainly located about 18 kilometres away (in Rangpur city and Lalmonirhat town).
List of Doctors and Supporting Staff at KRHC
List of some of the recent Medical Doctors who have served at KRHC
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 during 2014-16)
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)
Ms Jannatul Arafat Shamsi (Medical Assistant)
Miss Mahbuba Akhtar, (Nurse) (Nov, 2013 - Mar, 2015)
Miss Mohsena Begum, (Nurse) (July, 2016-Aug, 2016)
Most Abion Nessa (Midwife)
Mr Afzal Hossain (Ambulance Driver)
Most Kamala Khatun (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 expectant mothers.
1. Rita Rani Roy
2. Nazmun Nahar
3. Khodeja Begum
4. Mukta Begum
5. Rubina Parvin
KRHC is keen to have a mini Diagnostic/Pathology Centre to provide basic and reliable medical tests for impoverished patients who are often at the mercy of unscrupulous testing centres. To create this centre and to purchase portable ultrasound equipment to improve services to pregnant women in the remotest areas, we need your support.
CEI: Health WISH-LIST
Small Health Items
Blood collection tubes (box of 100): £12.50
Multistix(for urine tests, 25-piece): £15.00
Larger Health Items
Digital Portable Ultrasound (for monitoring unborn babies):£550.00
Digital Ultra Sonogram (for monitoring unborn babies): £1,500.00
GE MAC 800 Portable ECG Machine (for heart monitoring): £3,000.00
To make donations you can transfer money directly:
Name of Account: Charity Education International
Bank: Clydesdale Bank
Sort code: 82-64-27 Account: 40173232
And you can also Gift Aid your donation.