|Since its inception more than a decade ago, AIMS has treated several lakhs of patients completely free of charge. In addition, through medical camps in rural and remote areas, it has made its specialized medical services available to thousands of other patients. For instance, in the last five years alone, 2,23,373 patients have benefitted from several hundred camps conducted all over Kerala as well as in other parts of India.
Several departments in AIMS regularly undertake to conduct these medical camps. These include but are not limited to General Medicine and General Surgery (health check up, minor treatments and minor operation), Gynecology (free checkup, free deliveries, maternity assistance), Endocrinology, (diabetic detection), Cardiology (screening and referral to AIMS for cardiac surgeries and further treatment), Head & Neck (screening for oral cancer and cleft surgeries), Ophthalmology (free cataract and glaucoma surgeries), Dental (extractions, cleaning, dentures, basic treatments, etc.).
In addition, the Pediatrics Department conduct health programs at schools. ADWA, the Amrita Diabetic Welfare Association, join hands with the Endocrinology Department to offer education for regulation of the diabetes disease. Early cancer detection programs are conducted, for both men and women (prostrate, ovarian and breast cancers). Blood donation camps are organized by the ABCD Forum, the Amrita Blood Collectors and Donors Forum. Free immunization drives administer polio vaccines and triple antigens to infants and children.
The camps are completely free and meant especially for the poor and needy. Medical consultations, lab tests, follow-up consultations are all provided. In addition there is free medicine supply and free transportation of patients from the camp site to AIMS and back, if needed. There may also be medical exhibitions at the camp site with posters, placards, banners, leaflets and handouts. Health awareness classes are conducted by experts with audio visual aids and charts. Counseling is provided, sometimes in conjunction with self help groups and other community based organizations.
The Pain and Palliative Home Care Program provides care for patients with advanced cancers and other incurable diseases. To relieve distress and to provide psychological support, counseling is provided to such patients and their families. Many terminally ill patients are too sick to come to the hospital regularly. The home-care unit is therefore a vital component of the palliative care service. All services are provided free of charge to all patients and free medicines are also offered specifically to poor patients.
Such community outreach activities have directly touched thousands of people's lives in the districts of Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, Pattanamthitta, Wayanad, Trivandrum, Mysore.
Amrita has set up one of the most extensive telemedicine networks in the country. The network makes available, lab facilities, X-rays, ultrasound, teleophthalmology, etc. to patients in remote areas. The network serves not only all the Amrita satellite hospitals but also several government and other hospitals located in remote areas, striving to bring better healthcare to all. Amrita's telemedicine van is a common sight in medical camps conducted in rural and tribal areas.
It is said that human health is sublime and the right to lead a healthy life is supreme. Society has the responsibility to make this right available to all. Amrita is proud to provide these wide-ranging outreach activities and thus participate in the transformation of society.
|No. of Patients
|2004 ( 57 camps ) ( 20,500 Patients )
|2005 ( 65 Camps ) ( 23,204 Patients )
|2006 ( 53 Camps ) ( 19,468 Patients )
|Tsunami ( 82 Camps ) ( 30, 545 Patients )
|2007 ( 59 Camps ) ( 22,536 Patients )
|Chikungunya ( 33 Camps ) ( 36,808 Patients )
|2008 ( 135 Camps ) (32,156 Patients )
|Bihar Flood Relief ( 69 Camps ) ( 14,909 Pts )
|2009 ( 90 Camps ) (23, 247 Patients ) till date
| Grand Total ( 643 Camps ) ( 2,23,373 Patients )