PAIN AND PALLIATIVE CARE TRUST OACHIRA UNIT
The unit of pain and palliative care trust functioning at RCPM Hospital Oachira is a unit of the Trust based at Kollam. Trust has 7 Clinics in different parts of Kollam Dist. The unit at RCPM Hospital is headed by Rtn. MPHF Dr.R.Narayanakurup.
Pain and Palliative Care Trust offers services in OP, Dispensing medicines, supply assistive devices such as Wheelchair, Crutches, Waterbeds Alphabeds, O2 Cylinders etc. In the functiong at the unit at RCPM Hospital, Karunagappally Rotary Club always assists with personal cash and kind. Every Rotarins personally take interest to keep up the welfare of the Cancer patient. They contribute personally who need financial assistances. Purchase medicine Wheelchair, Crutches, Waterbed and Alphabed. They help to transport patients to different hospitals for review etc. RCPM Hospital, Changankulangara is Major Centre of the trust where homecare service is the mainstay of activities. Rotary Club Karunagappally assists the Trust to conduct annual Onam Festival in a big say. Onam Festival in a Major event where Patients and their family members meet, food packets and gifts are distributed. Rotarians contribute all the expenses for the event.
The centre has distributed 6 Wheelchairs during last year for needy patients all supplied by Rotary Club.
One person was given Crutches, Financial assistance were given to more than ten. Persons requiring transportation assistance to visit higher centers were provided such assistance free of cost. A chronic patient contiuning dialysis was given as
Rotary Club Karunagappally honored Sister Sreedevi working in this unit for best vocational services.
She was also given special award for her Services in this field by the Dist. Governor during this years award night at Kollam. She was felicitated their after at RCPM Hospital and at Rotary Club Karunagappally for bagging such a meritorious award.
A Hundibox of this trust is kept in the Rotary Club of Karunagappally where every Rotarian contributes token amounts in every meeting.
In 1994 the Rotary Club of Karunagappally constructed the Rotary community centre. Then the Head Load Workers of the locality asked us ‘‘What is the use of this centre for us” without any hesitation we answered them “ We will take care of the Health problems of your parents” Thus idea of free Geriatric Clinic was conceived.
So in 1995 Rotary Club of Karunagappally decided to start this community service project for the welfare of the less privileged senior citizens of this Rotary area. Thus this Unique continuous on going, comprehensive community health care project for the senior citezens, THE GERIATRIC CLINIC was started on August 15,h 1995.
All the Rotarians, Anns andAnnetes help to conduct the clinic by financial help and participation. Approximately an amount of Rs. 25000 is spent for the Clinic every month. All the members of the Club render to donate some money for the clinic during their important functions like the birth of the Child, Wedding of their children, Wedding anniversary, Birth day and other celebrations.
This clinic is being conducted between 10 am and 2 pm on every Sunday at Karunagappally Rotary community centre. At present 670 registrations are there in the Clinic. Around200 beneficiaries attend the Clinic regularly. The Rotarian Doctors examine the patients with the help of other Rotarians, Anns andAnnetes. Medicines for the next month is given free of cost to the senior citizens. Most of the old age problems like Anemia, anorexia, pain in joints, respiratory infections and AUery and Asthma, Hypper Tension, Cardiac Problems, Diabetes and complications, acid peptic diseases and helminthiasis, Skin problems, Eye diseases and Neurology problems like epilepsy and sleep disorders are attented to in the clinic.
The beneficiaries are given health education and counseling. They are taught how to manage Hurry, Worry and Curry (Food). They enjoy variety entertainments through cable TV. They get good fellowship by interaction among themselves. They leave the clinic happily with enough medicines for the next month with the delightful hope to meet again in the next Geriatric Clinic.
We are very happy to note that some of the patients of the clinic who walked with the help of Two Sticks are now walking with one stick or without stick.
Many Rotarian leaders including PDGs have visited and appreciated the Geriatric Clinic. The health condition of the attendants of the clinic h$s improved a lot and theirby their family could get rid of the huge financial burden of treating these poor senior citizens.
Periodic medical camps like Dieabetes detections camps, hypertesion and cardiology camps, Cancer detection camps Asma& TB Camps, Eye Camps, etc are conducted. Those who require specialist treatment and surgery are refered to higher centre. Spectacles are donated and cateract surgeries are done free of cost.
The Rl significant achivements award and many district awards were con fe red on the Rotary club of Karunagappally in appreciation of the Geriatric Clinic.
On this Silver Jubilee Day we are giving cloth and blankets to beneficiaries of the clinic. To strengthen our armamentarium we have acquired a well equipped Ambulance to extend our involvement to the care of the accident victims also. We can improve our Geriatric Clinic very much if we get more financial help.
“SO DONATE LIBERALLY TO THE GERIATRIC CLINIC”
This matching Grant Project was inaugurated during the Presidents hip of Rtn. P.Babuji in 2002. This Project is aiming at providing Computer training to poor Girls, especially from coastal areas for promoting Self employment. The classes are for six months duration for one batch of20 -25students, and two batches are trained every year. Classes are taken, Examinations are conducted and certificates are given by Wintech Computer training Centre.