The preamble: Benevolence is an integral part of any human service. The institute being a non profit society has all its activities virtually directed to benevolence in direct or indirect fashions.
- OPD Concession: We have been offering complimentary/ concessional service to our OPD population in economic constrains; the total amount of concession given in the last financial year has been Rs. 10,73,800/- (ten lakhs seventy three thousand and eight hundred only). We have been consistently giving similar concern since our inception.
- Indoor concession: We have been giving concession to our indoor patients who express financial constraints. I am providing one example where we have given a concession of Rs. 1,84,540/- (one lakh eighty four thousand five hundred and forty only) from a small nursing home for our needy indoor patients. Such concession has been constantly provided from our inception wherever we keep patients.
- Arranging concessional investigations through request / tie up with the outside centres. We have not kept record of all such areas but submitting at least one document that speaks of a concession over Rs. 28,000,00/- (twenty eight lakhs) on a single investigation (HRCT chest) in last 2 years from a single centre.
Similarly, concessions have been arranged for other tests from other centres. Given time, we can retrieve them for your perusal, if sought for.
- Free OPD:
a. Smoking cessation: We started and continued for about 2 years a smoking cessation and preventive lung disease clinic way back in 2002 at Orchid Nursing Home. This was possibly the first of its kind in the country where we had seen over 100 people – and offered complimentary advice/ counseling and some medications free of cost to the participants. We used to offer them consultations and counseling with experts psychotherapist, occupational therapists etc. However, for logistic problem the clinic was stopped after 2 years or so.
b. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) check up and training camps:
(i) Kolkata: The institute has been arranging intermittently free check up, training and education campaigns especially for poor COPD patients for last 5 – 6 years.
The record of 6 such the camps in last one year or so at Kolkata shows that nearly 100 patients were treated at our centre in different dates.
Free spirometry, consultation, snacks, subsidized evaluations, subsided or free medication and vaccinations (influenza vaccine) has been arranged by the institute.
Evaluation of free bone mineral density (BMD) has been offered to over 60 such advanced COPD patients.
The education and training has been offered through a team of expert including pulmonologist, psychotherapist, physiotherapist, nurse, technician etc – such ventures are unique in this country.
(ii) Rural Bengal (ex. Suri, Panchra, Kuridhya in Birbhum) and neighbouring state Jharkhand (Massenjore)
A team comprising of chest specialists, trained spirometry technicians and people trained to support the activities were involved in different check up camps in Suri, Panchra, Kuridhya and Massenjore at different occasions in the present year itself and have catered to a total no of attendees over 200. The same team visited for the follow up in the same places on different occasions and catered to over 100 follow ups. We have formulated a curriculum for education and training, a modus operandi to reach the poorest people in villages. Our volunteers in collaboration with the West Bengal Liver Foundation had screened people from remote villages to get them to the free camps. We have borne the transport of the patients from the villages to the camps and back.
Free investigations, free food, free checkups, free training and education with free educational materialwere all provided by the institute.
This expenditure has been possible from the Chest Foundation Award offered to Dr. Parthasarathi Bhattacharyya and the institute by the ACCP (American College of Chest Physician).
(iii) Free support for transport, investigations, treatment in the drug trials has been offered to 80 patients in recent past.
(iv) Free drug distribution from the samples offered by the pharmaceutical companies and the Phase IV trials etc. has been given to over 1,000 patients in last 2 years, we have started keeping a prospective registry for such activities.
(v) The facility of free telephonic advice is also opened for the patients on our follow up without any charge from the beginning and we have offered such service to a no of approximately 4500 patients whom we have seen in our OPD in last financial year.
- Free leaflet/ booklets distribution: The treatment of diseases are incomplete without education. We have published books, booklets and leaflets for distribution free to the economically constrained people.
Education is the best gift to any one. The suffering from the diseases are largely from lack of education. Hence, the institute has been acting hard on education front.
1. All India Update: The institute has organized a total of 7 All India Update on Pulmonary Medicine named “Pulmocon” till date and it is going to be organized its next update on 4th and 5th September, 2010. Renowned international and national speakers shared their experiences with the listeners from all across the country and updated them with the latest trend of development in Pulmonary Medicine. All these updates are done with benevolent motto with free or minimal registration fees.
2. Educating GPs: “Reorientation Programme for Practicing Doctors” under this program institute has been trying to educate and update practicing doctors in the present trend of the pulmonary medicine and share the experiences of handling the critical cases with them regularly on a curriculum.
3. Educating Nurses: The institute has been holding education camps for nurses on selective patient care issues regularly. Nursing stuffs of nursing homes in North Kolkata were asked to participate in these education camps without any registration fees.
4. Educating Technicians: A spirometry training course held from 16th – 18th January, 2009 under the auspicious of Indian Chest Society. Interested technicians from Rural Bengal along with technicians from renowned setups in West Bengal participated in this educating camp.
5. Educating patients and lay people:
a. Different check up camps arranged have been related always with educational curriculum.
b. Published books, booklets etc as already mentioned.
6. Updates: the institute has organized different updates for practicing doctors
a. Fungicon: An update on Fungal Infection held on 16th July, 2007
b. Spirometry training for doctors on 31st may, 2009.
c. Sleep update on 11th September, 2008 at Swabhumi, Kolkata.
All these have been done without any profit mode and totally voluntary inputs form the institute.