More than a decade ago, a group of philanthropist students at Bolan Medical College Quetta started helping poor and marginalized patients from interior Balochistan in the public and private hospitals of Quetta. Since the literacy rate in Balochistan is low, so the majority of the patients find simple procedures of hospitals difficult. This group of students started facilitating these patients. The group extended their support to patients and started arranging blood donations, funds and medicines. Thus hundreds of patients benefited from this work. In order to organize this work in a more systematic way, this group started thinking of a patient’s welfare organization. It was with this noble cause that in May 2011, Open Door Health Services (ODHS) was established. ODHS not only continued its work at Quetta, but also expanded its services to the remote areas of Balochistan.
ODHS outreach center Zhob
In June 2011, a free clinic of general practice was established in district Zhob. This clinic started providing free services two days a month with the help of volunteer doctors of ODHS. This ODHS run free clinic still provides free consultations and facilitates referrals to the higher centers for advanced care. Since 2014, ODHS started providing facilities of general surgical procedures to patients at highly subsidized rates with the help of a qualified volunteer surgeon using facilities of a private hospital. Recently we have started a free Psychiatry clinic in the same fashion at our facility at Zhob. This way ODHS has provided quality care to thousands of patients with dignity and empathy. With the intention of raising the awareness, ODHS collaborated with Society for Human Awareness and Development (SHAD) and conducted sessions in community to raise the awareness regarding diseases. These sessions were highly appreciated by community leadership and district administrators. Moreover, in recognition of services provided by ODHS, the local community of Zhob provided a piece of land to ODHS to enhance its facilities and services (copy of agreement and details of land are attached).
6 Organization Profile
ODHS outreach center Huramzai – Pishin, Killa-Abdullah
In March 2017, an outreach center of ODHS was established at Huramzai to meet the objectives and mission of ODHS by providing quality health care to the people of district Pishin and Killa-Abdullah. This task is accomplished in collaboration with Al-Azan welfare foundation (copy of MOU attached). This outreach center provides regular weekly outdoor patient services to the needy people at their door steps with help of highly qualified consultants of various specialities incluiding General Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gynaecology and Psychiatry. This center consists of three consultation rooms, patient waiting area furnished with comfortable chairs and benches, pharmacy services and laboratory area. We have equipped this outreach center with basic laboratory services, ultrasound services and ECG. Free medicines on ODHS health card are also provided to the poor patients who are unable to manage to pay for medicines, in order to accomplish the philosophy of ODHS.
ODHS outreach center at District Shaheed Sikandar Abaad Surab
With the nobel intention to serve the sick and humanity, ODHS established its third outreach center in Auaust 2017, at district Shaheed Sikandar Abaad Surab. This center provides quality health care facilities to the whole region of Kalat, Surab and Khuzdar. The area for this said center was chosen for its insufficient health facilities and poor socioeconomic status of people. Our doctors provide fortnightly outpatient services with all their scientific and professional expertise. This center also has three consultation rooms, patient waiting area, and laboratory and pharmacy area. Basic laboratory and ECG services are provided to our valued patients with full dignity and empathy. We serve the community in the fields of Medicine, Pulmonology, Ophthalmology, pediatrics and cardiology at this center.