Abhayakendram is a shelter for poor patients. It is functioning under the auspices of Abhayakendram Charitable Society. It is intended to provide free accommodation and other assistance to patients and bystanders, who need to live near RCC for prolonged treatment of cancer and other major diseases but their financial status does not allow them to afford a hotel accommodation. The Centre is also intended to accommodate a Diagnostic Centre, which will provide diagnostic services at cost or free to deserving patients.Show more
The treatment of cancer involves therapy given on alternate days or with a gap of one week or in some cases with a gap of two weeks. This prolonged treatment forces the patients and their accompanying relatives to stay back near the RCC for months together. Majority of the patients belong to poor families and they do not have sufficient income even to meet day to day expenses. In the absence of institutions like Abhayakendram, they have to make use of shades of trees and verandahs of shops as their shelter.
"Abhayakendram" is a project conceived by the Medical Guidance and Information Centre (MGIC), working under the auspices of the Trivandrum Islamic Mission Trust (TIMT), Reg.No.265/78, Medical College, Trivandrum. Medical Guidance and Information Centre (MGIC) was incepted in the year 2001 and has been providing guidance, financial support, ambulance services, medicines, blood and food to poor patients who visit Regional Cancer Centre and other medical institutions near Medical College, Trivandrum, from all districts of Kerala and southern states of India. TIMT has purchased 23 cents of land near Chalakuzhy lane for constructing a seven storied building for Abhayakendram. (The project design was later revised to a four storied building due to new civil defence rules with regard to the width of the access road). Construction activities were on hold for a few years, after piling works were completed, due to shortage of funds. In early 2011, South Kerala Islamic Association, Doha – Qatar (SKIA) joined hands with TIMT for raising funds for the completion of construction and to manage the operation of the Abhayakendram.
Project Launch in Qatar
After signing an MOU with TIMT, SKIA has launched the project in Qatar and initiated fund raising campaign in a public function conducted on 1 April 2011 in Doha. Speeches by Dr.V.P.Gangadharan, one of the leading Oncologist in India and Moulavi Jamaludeen Mankada, Imam of Palayam Juma Masjid were the main attractions of the function. A similar public function was held on 27 April 2012, in which Dr. Suresh Chandra Dutt made a presentation on the need for early detection of cancer and regular check-ups. Prof. P.A. Saheed, Director, MGIC shared his heartbreaking personal experiences with the underprivileged cancer patients reaching MGIC for assistance.
Immediately after the launch of the project in 2011, a small team of SKIA workers were assigned the task of fund raising for Abhayakendram, whose consistent efforts are at the verge of being rewarded. Construction of three stories of the building (First Phase) was completed in May 2013. Formal inauguration of the First Phase of the project was done by Sri. Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, on May 9, 2013. The Second Phase of the Project was inaugurated by Sri. Manjalamkuzhy Ali, Minister for Urban Affairs and Welfare of Minorities on January 23, 2014. Second Phase of the project is in progress which is expected to be completed by August, 2016.
1. Abhayakendram provides free food and accommodation to patients and accompanying bystanders who are visiting Regional Cancer Centre or other Government Hospitals, from distant places and need to stay near the hospitals for treatment for long periods, but are unable to afford renting a room.
2. Admission to Abhayakendram is strictly restricted to patients and accompanying bystanders only. None other than patients and accompanying bystanders shall be accommodated for whatsoever reasons.
3. Admission is open to all patients irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or mother tongue, subject to meeting the following criteria for admission.
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