Following are the Services and Achievements from the year 1996:-
- The Ernakulam District Branch was honoured by Indian Red Cross Society with the state level award for the Best District Branch of the year 2001.
- The Life Membership which was less than 100 in 1996 have been brought to more than 3200, in addition to annual members
- Identity cards and badges were issued to all Life members.
- Diamond Jubilee
of IRCS Ernakulam District Branch was celebrated and a Souvenir was
published in January 2005 and veteran senior members were honoured.
- Taluk Branches and Sub Branches
are active in all taluks with elected office bearers. They have
taken up various programmes such as blood donation, medical camps,
blindness eradication programmes, health education, awareness drives,
accident prevention measures, pain and palliative care unit etc.
- The Government of Kerala has granted 25 cents of land
near civil station Kakkanad on lease for 99 years. The adjacent 5 ½
cents of land was allotted to us by the Thrikkakara Grama Panchayat.Red
Cross Bhavan Geriatric Medical centre is functioning here.
- An Office building
was constructed at General Hospital campus adjacent to Red Cross
Hall to facilitate easy accessibility to the members and the public.
Services of an Office Manager and 2 Assistant Managers are being
provided to deal with day to day office matters . The Aluva Taluk
branch also has an office building of it's own.
- First Aid Course
of St. John Ambulance Association, N.Delhi-16 hours course - is being
arranged regularly at Red Cross Hall and Industrial concerns involving
Senior Medical Officers as Lecturers and using the audio visual aids
for demonstration. During the last ten years more than 10000
persons were trained in the First Aid Course of St. John Ambulance and
we prepared them to meet emergency situation in the community.
- Junior Red Cross
is intended to inculcate leadership qualities and to build up love and
service and international friendship among the younger generation.
The first JRC unit was formed at Govt. Girls High School
in1954- 55 by Smt. Ambadi Karthayni amma. The first District Level JRC
camp was organized by Mrs. Retnakala S Menon Now there are more than
196 JRC units in schools, with particular uniform and regular
programmes. Orientation seminar for JRC Counselors (teachers) and the
District level 2 days study circle (camp) for the JRC cadets are
organized every year. JRC platoons of the selected schools are
participating in the parades of the Republic day and Independence day
celebrations organized at the District head quarters by the Govt.. To
encourage life saving action in accidents, Jeevan Raksha Award is
offered to the best JRC cadet, who will be selected at the District
level. The eligible JRC cadets will get 10 marks as bonus marks in SSLC
examination as per Govt.order issued in this regard.
- Youth Red Cross
was formed in the year 2000 with District level committee. The
objectives of the YRC are to develop the personality of younger
generation with leadership quality and positive attitude for community
service and International friendship. YRC members in colleges are
rendering yeoman services as Red Cross Volunteers.
- As a primary responsibility, Indian Red Cross Society, Ernakulam District Branch has rendered valuable RELIEF SERVICES
for the people whenever natural calamities occurred. We also
mobilized the resources for the victims of Kashmir earthquake in 2005,
Tsunami affected victims in our coastal belt in December 2004, Gujarat
earthquake in 2002 and Orissa Cyclone in 2000 by sending relief
materials worth millions of rupees. When Gujarat earthquake occurred
we sent a medical team of 3 Doctors and 3 nurses to provide medical
aid to the victims . Whenever natural calamities occurred in Kerala we
extended our support for the relief of the victims of the
disaster with food and materials by mobilizing the resources from
various agenciesWe mobilized funds towards Japan Relief services also.
- Child Development Clinic
is being conducted on all Wednesdays Saturdays at the Red Cross Hall in
collaboration with Pediatrics dept. & Family welfare Dept. of
General Hospital Ernakulam. We are offering free immunization to all
children and special care services to the handicapped below five years.
Hundreds of families are benefited by the service
- Medicines for Cancer patients are provided.
- Medical aid for Mental patients
By considering the pathetic condition of the mental patients and
their families, the Medical Aid programme was inaugurated on the World
Red Cross Day in the year 2006. The project is to supply the
prescribed medicines to the mental patients, who can't afford to
purchase the medicines because of their poor financial condition
Psychiatrists have reported that the medicines prescribed by them will
cure the mental complaints and the patients can be brought them back
to normal life, provided the patients are taking the medicines
regularly for a longer period.The project is organized in collaboration
with the psychiatric Dept. of the General Hospital, Ernakulam.
Periodical medical check up of the patients is arranged.
- Awards were instituted for betterment of service
a) Jeevan Raksha Awards (senior and junior) are introduced for the
best performance in life saving activities when accidents occurred.
b) Best Taluk Hospital award is introduced for the improvement of the hospital services
c) Best Indian Red Cross Society Taluk Branch Award is introduced to strengthen the activities of Taluk Branch
d) Rolling Trophy for the best ward of the General Hospital is
introduced to strengthen the services at the ward level of the
e) Best Nurse, Best Nursing Assistant & Best Attender awards were offered to improve the Performance of the personnel.
f) Best Youth Red cross Unit award
g) Best Youth red Cross Cadet award
h) Best Junior Red Cross units awards(1&11)
i) Best Junior Red Cross cadet
j) Best Doctor Award
k) Best Red Cross Worker
- Disaster Mitigation Committee: Well trained volunteers are available to help the victims in any calamities. In addition to this, 10 Volunteers are being trained at the taluk level.
- District Health and Sanitation Committee: This Committee render health education in urban and rural areas especially, during the spreading of contagious diseases.
Red Cross Bhavan,Kakkanad an associate of Indian Red Cross
Society, is running a Geriatric medical Centre for the physical, mental
and social welfare of aged people. The three storied building at
Kakkanad with a plinth area of over 10000sq.ft stands as a successful joint
venture of Indian Red Cross Society, District Panchayat,Thrikkakara
Municipality,Edappally Block Panchayat, and the District Administration.
The following are some of the services provided at the centre:-
- Medical consultation
- Physiotherapy services for the disabled
- Homoeo clinic
- Counseling services
- Day care centre (Pakalveedu) with free food for the participants
- Senior Citizens meeting
The project is first of its kind in India from the angle of its
services for the aged and its joint implementation by having
collaboration with local bodies, district administration, prominent
medical institutions and voluntary contribution of the public.