Rehabilitation Centres For Children

Patron - In - Chief, H.E. Governor of West Bengal
Estd1973

Out patient clinics are held on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30 am to 12 noon where patients are diagnosed by our expert medical team. All the new patients visit the clinic for screening. The children are examined and diagnosed by orthopaedic surgeons, RMO, Physiotherapist, Orthotist and Social Worker. Patients from various districts from West Bengal and the nearby states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and Orissa and even from Bangladesh are assessed in the OPD and those who require surgery are admitted. Among the cases that are assessed and treated are club feet, knock knee, Bowing Knee, Equinous deformity of foot, Bowing of Femur or Tibia, Osteomyelites, Polio and various other deformities.


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The state-of -the -art hospital with 25 beds for corrective orthopaedic surgery with out patient department, x-ray, plaster, an operation theatre is well equipped with modern instruments. Operation are done by three renowned orthopaedic surgeons assisted by RMO thrice in a week. The expert nursing support available to the children in the wards and operating room made it possible for all children to be successfully managed.


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Immunisation constitutes an important aspect of a child's health, RCFC focused on increasing awareness among local communities and also in helping them to access the facilities. RCFC has immunized children providing vaccination for Polio, DPT, Hepatitis B, Measles, Tetanus among others. Rcfc also participated in the pulse polio programme.


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Physiotherapy is a vital part of rehabilitating orthopaedically handicapped children and it has provided to both pre-operative and post-operative patients to restore functioning of the limbs at optimal level. RCFC's physiotherapy unit is well equipped with modern technologies and guided by experienced and qualified professionals.For providing physiotherapeutic care to the cerebral palsied children, the centre conducts day care service 3 days in a week on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. The children attending the clinic are provided meals by the centre after their treatment is over.


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Orthopaedic appliance and artificial limbs are integral parts of orthopaedic treatment. Medically the orthopaedic appliances are called Orthosis and Artificial limbs are called Prosthesis & Orthotic workshop provides splints, braces, calipers and various appliances to its children for correction of their deformities at various levels. Incase the deformed or malfunctioning limb has to be amputed, the workshop provides modern artificial limbs to its children.


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A school for residential children was formed to keep pace with their studies during their stay at RCFC as well as for holistic child development. This is an important wing of RCFC providing full spectrum of normal education and precocational training to the inmated admitted at the centre for treatment. During the year 2008 a children's library at the school was developed with support from Indian American Education Foundation. The music therapy room was painted and the project was upgraded with purchase of more musical instruments, CDs and music system.Children also participated in various sit and draw competitions, sports and performed in several cultural programmes in and outside RCFC.


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RCFC conduct EI Camp at various district of West Bengal for identifying children with deformities. The Social welfare department of RCFC conduct these camps.The key objective behind this programme was not only to identify children with locomotor disability but also to develop an understanding about disability and an attitude of sensitivity and empathy towards the disabled. Home visits are done as part of follow up programme by our social workers and field workers.


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Parents' Meet Programme are organised at RCFC for sharing information and to create awareness among parents. These meets help to boost parents' self confidence, making it easier in turn to promote their children's development.


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Today, RCFC has grown up in stature. A Residential Block with the capacity of accommodating 75 children for post operative care was built at the Centre. Since its inception RCFC has always attempted to create a child friendly environment within the organisation in order to ensure their rights are protected. We believe that children are especially vulnerable group and therefore always concern safeguards with regard to Child Protection. These safeguards include a Child Protection Policy and proceedings for dealing with issues of concern or abuse.

During the year 2007, a two day workshop on “Child Protection Policy” was organised by RCFC in collaboration with CINIASHA where all staff working in the organisation were thoroughly trained on the issue of child protection. After completion of the workshop staffs were made to sign a declaration to abide by the policy that is not only helping us to promote the welfare of children but is also enhancing the confidence of the management, staff, volunteers, parents, donors and the general public. In order to create a safe and positive environment for children and young people, RCFC has developed and adopted its own child Protection Policy.

The focus of the policy is to provide guidelines to promote care and protection of the children and to prevent incidences of child abuse in the organisation. The Child Protection Policy will help RCFC to establish coordinated strategies for dealing with the problem of child neglect or in a responsible, effective and consistent manner.


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RCFC organizes a field unit at Bolpur for clinic on every Sunday. The activities of Bolpur unit were revamped during 2007-08. Parents are referred from Bolpur Centre to RCFC Kolkata for further management.


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