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April 18th, 2018

Community Health

Community health program in village Shanag, Manali. Focused group Discussion (FGD) with village women on health related topics. This qualitative research tool helps the team to understand the village health beliefs and practices and then helps to plan health activities. This discussion is usually followed by health education on the discussed topic. Ms Ushajyoti, our social worker, facilitating the group. 

April 6th, 2018

Jibhi Clinics Begin

We are glad to announce the commencement of our medical clinics at Jibhi from 7th of April. Our medical team will be visiting this small peripheral clinic of ours every other Saturday. We look forward to this time of service in Banjar Valley.

March 30th, 2018

Welcome Dr. Saroj

We are delighted to have Dr. Saroj back with us for the summer, and she will continue to provide the obstetric and gynaecology service here in LWH Manali. Welcome back!

 

March 15th, 2018

Study on Typhoid goes live in LWH Manali

Typhoid is a ubiquitous disease characterised by a plethora of symptoms collectively attributed to Salmonella typhi but rarely definitely proved in the laboratory. The widal test is widely used as indirect evidence of the infection but is notoriously inaccurate in its predictions. A Blood culture is the only sure way to link the disease to the causative bacterium. 

The Lady Willingdon hospital is one of seven institutions in India which will look at the incidence of the disease in patients presenting to and admitted to  the hospital with fever of unknown origin by isolating the bacterium with blood cultures. This study is being conducted by CMC Vellore as part of an ICMR study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. 

 

February 20th, 2018

Ultrasound services recommence in LWH Manali

The PCPNTDT act is very strict in its enforcement. We were not able to obtain a sonologist for the past three years to come to us in LWH and work for us at the remuneration we are able to provide here. The remunerations we provide is fractional when compared to market rate. Therefore we are very grateful to Dr. Jangdeep Banga who has agreed to visit Manali three days a week and perform ultrasound examinations for us. This permits us now to re open our two good ultrasound machines which have been decomissioned thus far. Dr. Susheel, our esteemed CMO Kullu recomissioned our machines on Monday 19th February. We are grateful for this. 

Ultronography and doppler facilities are therefore reopened here in LWH Manali from the 23rd February 2018. These examinations will be performed every Friday, Saturday and Monday. 

We are very grateful to all who have made this essential examination possible for which our patients were having to go to Kullu for a satisfactory report. 

 

February 15th, 2018

LWH contributes to Lancet Infectious diseases

Surgical research in tiny hospitals is not impossible. The Lady Willingdon Hospital has been an contributing author to a landmark paper just published in the Lancet Infectious diseases as part of a global collaboration. 

The  paper can be acessed here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(18)30101-4/fulltext

This international,  prospective, multi institutional cohort study included 12539 patients undergoing elective or emergent gastro intestinal surgery over a two week period. 343 hospitals contributed to the study from 66 countries. 

The results show that surgical site infections are a major source of morbidity and 30 day mortality. When examined across high, middle and low income countries according to the human developement index, low income countries fare very poorly both in terms of prevalent surgical site infections, antibiotic resistance and mortality. 

Indian contributors to the study have been few. 

The take home message for India is that there is a huge need to conduct a similar study across our country to assess the actual status and impact of surgical site infections. It was clear from this study that indiscriminate perioperative and postoperative antibiotic use was more prevalent in the low income countries. 


October 31st, 2017

Support as you shop

We are glad to announce that one of our donor agencies, Touch ministries is now enlisted for Amazon Smile. Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of the cost of your item to charitable agencies. All you need to do is enlist for this using the link below on your Amazon website. The proceeds will be automatically sent to Touch ministries, which supports us here in Manali. 

To do this, please go to the link provided below. It will automatically enlist Touch ministries as your preferred donor agency. Subsequently, whenever you order an item on amazon, please ensure that you do using AMAZON SMILE. The link for this is on the amazon site itself on the left. Further, the amazon site has an app that you can download which will install into your browser to permit the amazon smile program to work automatically when you shop. You will not need to do anything else or change any of your shopping patterns on the amazon website subsequent to this choice. 

How to donate while you shop at AMAZON? Just click below and choose Touch Ministries as your charity.

Whenever you shop at amazon always use this link:https://smile.amazon.com/

We thank you for your support to us which has permitted us to continue to serve the people of this region for so many years. We add our blessings to you and know that not one of these donations goes unnoticed by our heavenly Father. 

With our thanks

 

 

October 20th, 2017

Killad camp cancelled

We regret to announce that we have had to cancell the Killad camp because we did not receive government permission to conduct it. Despite everything being ready from our side to conduct this camp, the government denied us the permission and did not permit us to take an ultrasound machine in. 

The pass will close soon. So this year, it does appear the people of Pangi are truly deprived of a service. The government will also not be able to ensure a camp for them prior to the winter. 

We are grateful to Pastor Luke Walter who has responded to our lack of funds and had mobilised some donations for the camp. We had intended to use it for this camp, but will now credit it to the kaaza camp.

 

September 5th, 2017

ENT camp in full swing

Dr. Suma Mathew and Dr. Justin from the department of ENT in CMC Vellore are here to conduct an ENT camp in LWH. This service has been consistent for the past eight years. We are very grateful to the department of CMC Vellore for this service, which offers the hope of advanced ent surgery to the patients of this region who otherwise would have to travel to Chandigarh to avail of these surgeries. The consequence usually is that disease gets neglected with patients unable to make the trip. Two hundred patients were seen on Monday and surgeries posted. The camp will run till the 7th of September. Thank you Vellore! 

June 27th, 2017

Peace rally rides through Manali

A team of forty five bikers on twenty five bikes rode into Manali yesterday with a message of peace. The team, led by our Moderator the Most Rt Rev P.K. Samantaroy is travelling from Amritsar to Leh, interacting with people of all faiths and communities and going to the local schools along the way, spreading the message of peace. The team has representation from other faiths and also has members from Germany, Australia and USA. 

In LWH an inter faith assembly was held in the Daystar School hall. Leaders from all faiths spoke on peace and reiterated the emphasis on peace that possessed central place in each doctrine and scripture. 

The team will leave today for Leh. We send our prayers and our peace with them across the mountains.