A diamond in the rough
Nestled on the banks of a river in the impoverished region of Mirzapur, Tangail, the hospital stands as a glorious model of philanthropy. It is a shining example for those who want to improve the situations of impoverished Bangladeshis. Kumudini Hospital along with its affiliated institutions is almost seventy years old and the institution has grown in its scope of philanthropic activities throughout this period. In 1938 a dispensary and outdoor facility in the name of Shaha’s paternal grandmother, Srimati Shova Sundari was established. On July 27, 1944 Kumudini Hospital with 750-bed facility was inaugurated by the then Governor of Bengal, Lord R G Casey.
In a written address to the guests at the inauguration, Lord Casey summed up the spirit of the endeavour:
“I have come here today because I feel that this hospital affords a high example of what can be done when the initiative, enterprise and public spirit of one man are directed towards the welfare and the well being of the community.”
Kumudini hospital provides free treatment to all those who are unable to afford medical care. It provides treatment for almost all types of diseases. The hospital has its own laboratory with necessary diagnostic facilities. In addition, the laboratory has research and training facilities. Apart from the general services, the Hospital has a Village Outreach Program which consists of doctors and nurses who periodically visit nearby villages to train the villagers on midwifery, family planning, breastfeeding, sanitation, antenatal and general health awareness. Patients from all over Bangladesh come here for a free health service of a high standard which is not available anywhere else in the country.
From inception the Hospital provided services totally free of all charges. Since 1993 the Trust started a Patients’ Participation Program. To avail all sorts of outdoor facilities Outpatients (those not requiring hospitalization) have to buy a card worth Tk.10 only which is valid for 3 months. Hospitalized patients do not have to bear the cost of bed charges, the three daily meals or any other services provided to them. A distinctive aspect of Kumudini Hospital is its cleanliness and beautiful environment.
For more info please visit: http://kumudinihospital.org.bd/.