Dr Ghost Charitable Trust (DGCT)
DGCT was started by Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh in January 2001, after witnessing one too many cases of a poor patient being denied the opportunity for life-saving healthcare due to the lack of funds. Dr. Ghosh was driven by the belief that every human being ought to have access to medical treatment that could potentially save their lives – and socioeconomic background should NOT be a barrier to this.
It is with this vision that the Trust undertakes a host of activities. While performing free or low-cost neurosurgery is the Trust’s main thrust, it also provides the following services for the financially weak sections of our society.
Dr Siddhartha Ghosh
Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh is one of India’s foremost neurosurgeons. He has performed over 20,000 successful neurosurgeries of the brain and spine with a specialty in complicated tumor removal. His dedication and passion to work is unparalleled, a fact that is attested by his 95% success rate and the devotion he has earned among the patient community.
Surgeries on the Brain and Spine
Performing free or partially waived surgeries is at the heart of the Trust’s activities. With Dr. Ghosh’s tight-knit team of highly skilled doctors and nurses on board, the Trust has performed over 350 neurosurgeries with a 99% success rate. We have 15 committed nurses for home and hospital care who monitor the patients.
The surgeries are performed with state-of- the-art equipment at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai and Kolkata. The management of Apollo Hospitals Chennai has kindly granted the free use of its equipment and infrastructure to the Trust by way of an annual allowance, thanks to Dr. Ghosh’s long association with the Apollo Group.
Two Multi-specialty Clinics in Kolkata
Affordable but quality medical treatment is practically a myth for the common man in India. It is to bridge this gap between affordability and quality that the Trust has set up 2 fully functional clinics in Ultadanga and Muchi Bazaar in Kolkata, where patients pay a nominal fee of Rs. 30 for a range of health services, such as Gynecology, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Neurology, Opthalmology, Dentistry and Orthopaedics. An average of 20,000 patients avail these services every year.
Apart from low-cost consultations, the Trust also offers free medication for up to 3 days after consultation. We are aided in this endeavor by several pharmaceutical organizations and individual donors. Apart from this, many neurological patients get their monthly medicine freely provided by the Trust.
BRAIN Diagnostic Centre
To complete the holistic medical treatment experience, the Trust also offers a low-cost diagnostic facility where people can get the services of blood test, X-ray, ultrasound, ECG, ECHO, EEG TMT and Holter monitor at a fraction of the regular cost with no compromise on the quality of equipment. Senior citizens get an additional discount. Kind patron organizations and individuals have contributed funds in order for us to obtain this state-of-the-art equipment.
The Trust chooses a few exemplary students each year and grants a 100% scholarship for an MBBS degree in the State Govt Medical Colleges of Tamil Nadu & West Bengal. The Trust supports the entire cost of education of 32 students in West Bengal and 25 students in Tamil Nadu. Donors can choose to support a single student by paying Rs. 6000 per month for a period of 41⁄2 years.
Schools, Orphanages, Old Age Homes & Disability Institutions – Health Programs
The Trust has taken on several institutions that cater to disadvantaged individuals and handles all their medical needs. Doctors from the Trust visit these institutions every month, conduct medical investigations, and distribute free medicines.
Schools: The Trust has adopted two schools in Kolkata that comprise mainly of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. One of these schools, Gobindo Home, is an orphanage in Panihati and the other is a low-income school in Baghbazaar. The Trust sponsors all medicines required by the students yearlong and conducts large- scale health check-up camps for all students thrice a year.
Old Age Homes & Orphanages: The Trust attends to the medical needs of more than 250 inmates in various old age homes and orphanages across Chennai, like Kakkum Karangal, Aruvi Old Age Home, Annai Anbu Karangal and Amaithi Illam Orphanage. In Kolkata, it sponsors the medical needs of the Tollygunge Old Age Home.
Disability Institutions: The Trust also manages the medical needs of the two Cheshire Homes in Serampore and Tollygunge, which cater to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Disease Awareness Programs
The Trust has conducted regular Head Injury Awareness programs, especially amongst college students, where the incidence of road accidents is the highest. Chennai holds the dubious distinction of the highest number of road traffic accident deaths in India, and the Trust is committed to raising awareness in order to change this. The Trust also conducted a Meningitis Awareness Program on World Meningitis Day on 24th April 2013.
Adopting a Village’s Healthcare Needs
The Trust adopted a village in West Bengal called Pandua in July 2015. 30 families in Pandua have been tested for anemia, high blood pressure and diabetes, and medication has been provided for the same. We endeavor to keep expanding the number of families we can serve and hope to cover the entire village.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programs
CME programs are conducted in various medical colleges for doctors and medical students to benefit from the lectures by eminent doctors in the field. The Trust conducts regular CMEs on radiology, pathology, neurology, surgery & ancillary treatments.
DGCT Guesthouse at Chennai
The Trust has opened a guesthouse for its patients in Vanagaram, Chennai, so that they may stay at a moderate cost. We also provide free pick up and drop arrangements from the guesthouse to the hospital.
Relief Operations after Chennai Floods
After the horrific floods at Chennai in December 2015, the Trust set up relief medical camps in the flood-affected areas and provided medicines and health check-ups free of cost.
Hear more from the Trust’s beneficiaries in their own words.
R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata.
“My father is a farmer. Our family income is less than Rs. 2000. I’m very thankful to DGCT as I could not have continued my medical education otherwise.
Siliguri, West Bengal
I am a lot better now. I still remember the love I received from Dr Ghosh Charitable Trust. Every doctor there is very skilled. I am so grateful to the Trust for providing funds for my treatment.