An appeal from Chazhikattu Charitable Trust, an organization that supports rural community health needs via Chazhikattu Multi Specialty (CMS) Hospital in Thodupuzha, Kerala. We need your help to support essential healthcare workers and rural community residents in the devastating fight against COVID-19.
HELP US HELP OTHERS:
Chazhikattu Charitable Trust earnestly requests donations from the general public for this humanitarian cause in order to (1) support more patients who are requiring financial assistance for the cost of medical care, nutritional support, and rehabilitation related to COVID and (2) to procure equipment for intensive care such as ventilators, oxygen supplying systems, disposable usables for daily care, and anti-covid medications—all of which are costly but necessary to obtain.
WHO WE SERVE:
We are located in a predominantly rural, little-industrialized area of Idukki in Kerala and serve a mainly agrarian and economically disadvantaged community. Modern medical treatment costs have risen exponentially beyond the affordability of the residents of the district.
The current COVID surge has caused a sudden influx of over 200 outpatients, 75 inpatients and 18 intensive care patients for COVID-related illnesses on a daily basis. We do not turn any patients away and we strive to provide exceptional care to all of our patients, but this surge has stretched our limits. With your help, we can increase our COVID care capabilities by 50% or more to cope with this influx.
Chazhikattu Multi-specialty (CMS) Hospital was founded in 1933 and is one of the oldest rural hospitals established in India. CMS has expanded to be a multi-super specialty hospital that has NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) pre-accreditation. CMS has 8 major operating rooms, 64 medical and surgical Intensive care beds and clinical laboratory with NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories) recognition. Unlike other medical institutions, we do not demand advance deposit payments for emergency medical or surgical care.
Our biggest strength is our dedicated staff of 500+ which includes medical, paramedical, administrative and support staff working tirelessly towards providing the best treatment and patient care. Relevant patient care statistics of CMS hospital yearly:
- Emergency room visits of 20,000+
- Outpatient visits of 200,000+
- Inpatient visits of 10,000+
- Surgical procedures of 3300+
- Labor and deliveries of 1000+
Chazhikattu Charitable Trust with registration number: 83/IV/2009 & IV/98/2014 (amendment) was established in 2009 complying to all the rules and regulations of the government of India. Through donations received, the trust continues to alleviate the financial burden of the needy patients.
WHY DO WE NEED HELP?
During these unprecedented times, our CMS healthcare workers are at the frontlines. The current Covid-19 pandemic with its second wave has significantly overwhelmed our local health care system:
1. COVID care has taken priority over the regular continuous health needs of the people and the emergency medical care.
2. Already stretched financials are being further strained, as the care of COVID patients in the hospital requires expensive medical support.
3. Overburdened limited medical and para-medical staff are working around the clock in a constrained and under resourced environment.
Before COVID testing facilities were available in the region, our hospital was the among the first in the district to handle suspected COVID cases. We started an exclusive fever clinic, covid antigen & RT-PCR testing facility, isolation wards, dedicated COVID operating theater, labor room facilities, dialysis care, intensive care services & a COVID vaccination facility. We have treated over 8,000 covid patients in 2020 through the month of December.
On the community care front, we’ve initiated telemedicine services and home care visits for patients with transportation limitations, parents without children at home, and those who live alone without family support. Services provided include physical evaluation, laboratory testing and home delivery of medicines and supportive therapy aids. Right from the start, CMS Hospital’s clear motto has been ethical, affordable and quality medical care—a legacy we carry still to this day.
Dr. Joseph Stephen Chazhikattu, F.R.C.S.