Six-year-old Abdul Rehman was recently admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital with a fractured leg after a road mishap. He was not operated upon for nearly a week as his family could not afford equipment worth Rs 10,000 needed to fix the fracture. The surgery was performed after a doctor, hearing of Rehman’s plight, purchased the equipment for him.
Patients like Rehman can now expect financial help at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Former students of the college have announced a fund to provide financial assistance to poor patients as part of the hospital’s platinum jubilee celebrations, which started on December 19.
The RG Kar Medical College and Hospital Platinum Jubilee Celebration Fund will also help needy undergraduate and postgraduate students of the college. Two doctors have already pledged to donate Rs 3 lakh to the fund.
“The fund will also be used to purchase advanced surgical and other equipment for the hospital,” said Gautam Mukherjee, the secretary of the platinum jubilee celebration committee.
A few NRI doctors, who are also former students of the college, have agreed to help students who want to go abroad for advanced studies.
Patients who cannot afford expensive drugs and treatment suffer in state-run hospitals. “Costly drugs and surgical equipment are not available in state-run hospitals and patients have to buy them from outside,” said Subir Ganguly, the vice-president of the committee.
Most chemotherapy drugs are expensive and patients often have to discontinue treatment because of the cost involved. Equipment for cardiac and orthopaedic surgeries are also out of reach of poor patients.
The new platinum jubilee building of the hospital has been sanctioned by finance minister Asim Dasgupta, the chairman of RG Kar’s welfare committee. The building will house a modern auditorium, a nursing college and an advanced theatre. Sanctions have been obtained for the construction of resident medical officers’ quarters, dialysis and gastroenterology units, outpatients department and a ladies’ hostel.