Kolkata: Ramchandrapur, a village in Purulia has become a well known name in Bengal because of Netaji Eye Hospital, a non-profit super specialty hospital set up by one of the close associates of Subhas Chandra Bose has served thousands of poor and tribal people.The hospital is being run by Sri Sri Bijoykrishna Ashram Relief Society, a charitable organization. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has given a plot of land to them to set up an eye hospital for people coming from economically challenged background at Sarsuna Satellite township. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA five-storeyed (G+4) building is coming up at the site to house a 100 bed super specialty eye hospital. The Society is already running a 25 bed mini eye hospital next to the proposed super specialty hospital.The high quality of treatment has attracted patients from the neighbouring states of Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. At a time when the cost of eye treatment is going up and is beyond the reach of a common man, the Netaji Eye Hospital stands out like an oasis for those coming from economically challenged background. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSwami Asimananda Saraswati , one of the close associates of Netaji founded the hospital in Purulia in 1953 and named it after his mentor Netaji. In one of the trips to Purulia in the early 1940s, Subhas Chandra had told Swami Asimananda to do something for the blind as blindness was a major disease in Purulia because of poverty.The 250 bed rural based hospital has attracted patients from all over Bengal and some neighbouring states because of the dedication and state of the art method of treatment. Daily 400/500 patients, on an average, are visiting the out patient department (OPD) which is absolutely free. However, during the peak season , the number of patients crosses 700 per day. In the in-patient department of the hospital, 75% of the beds are meant for free patients. The hospital has an Eye bank cum Cornea Keratoplasty unit. There are seven operation theatres and dedicated speciality clinics, Cornea and vitro retinal services along with low vision aids, contact lens and other support services.There are outreach camps and screening camps held throughout the year. In the past 5 years, a total of 4,56, 269 patients were treated in the OPD while total surgeries performed 40,961 during this period. The hospital has its branches in Durgapur, Bankura and a project is coming up at Asansol. All these centres are meant for poor people who cannot afford costly treatment.