The plight of patients seeking medical treatment at Regional Cancer Centre Trivandrum (the only one of its kind in Kerala) has been a concern for SANTHWANAM and for the last few years, we have been extending our helping hands to the poor ones reaching there. Through our volunteers, as well as through the direct of our members, we all were well aware of the situation of innumerable patients going there for treatment. Many of them coming from faraway places of Kerala (Kannur, Kasargod, Calicut, Malappuram, Palakkad etc), nearby districts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu (Virudh Nagar, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Salem, Toothukkudi etc.) and admitted to the hospital for treatment. They need to stay near RCC for long periods of time. Often, the patients have to stay outside till the preliminary tests and admission formalities are completed and this requires them to obtain temporary accommodation for themselves.
For the poor patients, treatment is free; however the expenses are beyond their capabilities, as approximate lodging cost in and around the area is Rs. 300 to 500 per day. This has been an issue faced by the volunteers associated to RCC.
SANTHWANAM, with the RCC for years, have come across a Voluntary Organization that provides short stay accommodation and food for the waiting patients and their accompanying relatives at very nominal cost of Rs.50/day. The organization known as Devaki Warrier Memorial Women’s Studies and Empowerment Centre is run by some known social workers. The centre that started functioning in 2002 under the auspices of Kerala Working Women’s Association, was created in memory of its founder president Devaki Warrier, who succumbed to cancer in 2001. She was veteran freedom fighter and a dedicated woman activist till her last breath. The organization was finding financial difficulties to continue its service to the poor and was seeking support from the generous.
Taking this into consideration, SANTHWANAM decided to sponsor the rent of this building, amounting to Rs.40,000/- per month and made the accommodation free to the waiting patients and their accompanying relatives. The primary objective of this decision was to provide care and accommodation at free of cost to those undergoing the arduous and physically exhausting treatment for cancer. It has now become a blessing for all economically backward patients those are coming for treatment to RCC & Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology from faraway places of Kerala & Tamil Nadu.
This accommodation called as “TRIDA VISRAM SANKETH” located at the Trivandrum Medical College junction, having 70 rooms and capable of accommodating 70 patients and accompanying persons per day. The building belongs to TRIDA (Trivandrum Development Authority). It has a library with over 8,000 books and a reading room for those living there. Cooking facilities are available, so these patients can even cook on their own if they wish. The volunteers of the Centre who live there with them otherwise, to take care of all the patients needed. Since post-surgery care was vital and that this care centre even pays close attention to the food prescribed by the doctor and ensured that it was provided for such patients.
Smt. T. Radhamani
Secretary - VISRAM SANKETH
(Devaki Warrier Memorial Women’s Studies and Empowerment Centre)
Chalakkuzhy Road, Pattom P.O.
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