Dhanbad, Feb. 15: Lying defunct for more than two months, the outpatient department (OPD) of Red Cross Society at Red Cross Bhavan in Dhanbad is set to be revived from February 17.
Red Cross Society members are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the OPD is able to serve patients once again.
An extensive campaign is being carried out in different areas of the coal town, particularly rural areas, as well as in adjoining areas of Dhanbad.
This is the second attempt to make the OPD work.
On August 15 last year, it was reopened only to close down soon because of lack of awareness among residents.
The OPD will be open six days a week, except Sunday, from 10am to 1pm.
It will have general physicians, surgeons, gynaecologists, an ophthalmologist and an orthopaedic.
While more than one general physician will be available on all six days, other specialists will work on rotation. An X-ray centre and a pathology lab are in the offing.
Among the doctors to serve at the OPD are IMA state president A.K. Singh, IMA secretary of Dhanbad unit Major Chandan and IMA joint secretary of Dhanbad unit Anand Ranjan.
General physicians A.K. Chakraborty, Anand Ranjan, Shekhar Kumar, Masoom Alam, Major Chandan and A.K. Singh, surgeon B.K. Singh, Sushil Kumar, gynaecologists Rima Burnwal and Nupur Chandan, ophthalmologist Rajnikant Sinha and orthopaedic Sanjay Kumar Sahu will make the OPD functional from Monday.
Vice-chairman of the society in Dhanbad A.K. Singh, who is also state president of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said that more than 10,000 pamphlets have been distributed across town, including far flung places like Gobindpur, Rajganj, Sabalpur, Sugiyadih, Wasseypur, Damodarpur, Telipara, Shitalpur and Dhokra.
Besides, members of Red Cross Society are also using loudspeakers to inform people about the availability of doctors at the OPD. Patients will get free consultancy services.
ďDistrict civil surgeon Arun Kumar Sinha had assured us all help to distribute free medicines as well at the OPD,Ē said Singh.