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April 7th, 2016

Drs. Dennis and Sharel Martin

We are very glad to have Dr. Dennis and Sharel Martin with us now on staff.

Dr. Dennis first came to Manali as a medical student, then came to perform his service obligation. He was sponsored from here for his Diplomate in Orthopaedics, in CMC Vellore, went on to do his masters in orthopaedic surgery. He has now rejoined as Consultant, and is the first fully trained orthopaedic surgeon to provide services to people in the valley. He has already performed all types of orthopaedic surgery here safely, including spine stabilisations.

His wife, Sharel is currently an M.Ph scholar completing her studies from C.M.C. Vellore. She is working here on her thesis dissertation and will join our staff after her completion.

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April 4th, 2016

Farewell to Dr. Andrew

We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Andrew Issac Christudoss, doctor from CMC Vellore who has worked with us over the last year. Dr. Andrew returns to Vellore to complete his service obligation. We will miss him dearly since in this short time he has carved a place for himself in the hearts of the patients and staff. We wish him well. Seen here with his buddy Dr. Ajith Albert.

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April 4th, 2016

Handimachal Unit in Kullu

The Handimachal unit in Kullu inaugurated their new facility in Kullu on the 2nd of April. Coinciding with the commemoration of the World Autism day, the unit was inaugurated by the SDM of Kullu, Mr. Rohit Rana.

This unit is a joint venture of the Maison Des Himalayas, a n.g.o. based in France, and the Lady Willingdon Hospital and Daystar School society. It offers hope to differently abled children and their parents, and provides in house professional help for these children. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, special educators, and a team of trained workers faithfully minister to these children and also provide home based rehabilitation with visits to the village homes.

We congratulate them on this venture and wish them well.

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April 1st, 2016

Retirement function of Mr. Tikkam Ram (Tikmu)

A bittersweet function marked the retirement of Mr. Tikkam Ram, security guard from our staff. He served the hospital for 28 years faithfully, and though he does not look a day older than the day he joined, the time has rolled around for him to enter a new phase of a post retired life.

Mr. Tikkam Ram first was appointed as caretaker of the hospital orchard in Katrain, and then later joined the staff of security here. Along with all other security staff, he was quite a multipurpose worker, his job descriptions being as varied as bringing the mail and transporting patients to various parts of the hospital, besides security.

We thank him for his faithful service to us and wish him well in his post retired life. He was constantly humming a tune in the progress of his duties, and we could hear his approach long before he appeared, something that our campus will now miss.

Best wishes Tikmu! We know we will be seeing quite a bit of  you yet, since you are not far from us in Old Manali.

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April 1st, 2016

Drs. Chris and Taehee Shin

We start this series highlighting newer staff who have joined us in Manali with Drs. Chris and Taehee Shin. Drs. Chris and Taehee hail from Korea but have been in the United States for large part of their professional lives. Dr. Chris is an internal medicine specialist, and Dr. Taehee a dentist. They serve here in Manali through interserve.

Both of them bring years of experience and a love for the people of this region to their work.

Chris is a good musician too, and enlivens every morning devotion and hospital function with music and choir mastering skills.

We thank them and Interserve for serving here when so easily they could be anywhere else in the world.

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December 31st, 2015

Blessed New Year

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The Mission hospital Manali wishes all its readers a blessed New Year 2016.

A new year is like a milestone marker. A testament to the journey so far, and a totem to the future.

We are very grateful to all that has been, and we look forward to the New Year with hope and the assurance that He who led us this far will accompany us.

If there is one thing that we would like to carry with us from the past into this future, it will be the companionship of His presence.

We wish all our readers a blessed New Year.

December 24th, 2015

Merry Christmas

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From all of us at Mission Hospital Manali,

To all our well wishers and readers

We wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR

 

December 6th, 2015

Annual day 2015

The staff of the hospital and the school came together in a mega event to let their hair down, and also relive and relish history on the 5th of November. The annual day program was a stupendous success, with the enthusiastic participation of school and hospital staff staging a multicultural jestful performance. Their zeal was echoed by a lively audience who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There were snippets of history from the past, and vibrant dances, vocal talent, and thespian skills on vivid display.

All staff had a wonderful time, as all commerated the reliving of “this our story”, and an acknowledgement of “this, HIS story, still being written here in Manali.

And of course, after it all, there was some sumptuous food, and then, dancing… lots of dancing!

Well done All!

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December 4th, 2015

ICTC Centre opened in Lady Willingdon Hospital

An integrated counselling and testing centre was opened in the Lady Willingdon Hospital on Wednesday, the 2nd of December by Shrimati Jyoti Rana, honorable SDM of Manali. This centre will now permit the testing and counselling of patients of HIV in the hospital and also permit the routine testing of all antenatal patients and preoperative patients. This has been the result of concerted effort and a hope for many years, borne to fruition through Dr. Bishan Shashni, our Community Consultant.

We are grateful that we can now provide this service on a routine basis.

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November 10th, 2015

Surgical camp in Banjaar

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A 3.9 km tunnel drilled through the mountain provides access to the in the Tirthan valley in Banjaar block of Kullu district. The block has seventy thousand people. The river here narrows, tamed by a dam at its head. Roads are narrow and winding. This can cause a precarious stand off between two opposing vehicles on the mountainside. Drivers have to be adept at reversing down winding roads to permit passage. The road leads up to the Jalori pass, beyond which is Anni, and for all these the nearest health facility is the Banjaar civil hospital.

The civil hospital is situated in a peculiar bottle neck in the road, spread eagled over six separate buildings built over a slope. The hospital is old, decrepit, poorly lit and poorly maintained. Facilities are frugal, and the staff are beleaguered with a goodly attendance of patients clamoring for treatment which the hospital is not equipped or staffed to be able to provide. This makes for a fractious relationship. The gate of the hospital faces the corporation waste dump, faithfully tended daily by two black cows who after their breakfast at the dumpster would make it a point to do rounds in hospital and leave testimony of their passage by sharing their droppings through the corridors. Some buildings are old, in desperate need of demolition, way beyond the stage of repair. A space has been salvaged to permit inpatients, and a basic lab, dental, x ray pharmacy and ecg facility are functional. There was no space available for an operating theatre, which is a huge roadblock to the conduct of what we were about to jus do.. a surgical camp!

So we did what we could. We commandeered the only tiled and clean complex in the hospital, the out patient clinic, and had it gutted of all furniture. Our ace team working like a smoothly oiled machine, converted this space over two days into a relatively sterile space which could permit safe surgery. The team has got this down pat, scrubbing swabbing and washing the whole area, sealing off all windows and doors, fumigating the space over and over again till there could be no germ there capable of survival. Then the equipement was brought in. This time, we needed to bring in everything. Ot table, ot lights, anesthesia machine, suction machine, all monitoring, all oxygen, in short, we needed to bring in everything. Manali was only three hours away and our Jibhi centre was half an hour away so we were able to achieve this. Our team had a tough time transporting the heavy operating table across the narrow metal bridge in Jibhi. Finally, on the second day, it was all done, and we were ready.

We were deluged with patients. Our screening camp conducted two days prior here had already seen six hundred patients, and the very first day were were deluged with two hundred and forty patients. Our operating lists filled up for three days. The eye surgeon Dr. Jai and the gynaecologist Dr. Sukanya from Baptist hospital were inundated with patients. The next day our operating lists started in the morning and proceeded late into the night till three thirty am. Over the next three days we performed forty major surgeries, six minor surgeries and twenty seven eye surgeries. There were an abundance of galls tones. We performed twenty two cholecystectomies. One supposedly seventy year old patient for a cholecystectomy had given us anxious moments in the operating theatre when Dr. Wesley, our anesthetist from St. Stephens hospital noticed her spinal anesthesia was resulting in some respiratory difficulty. Simultaneously she started bleeding from her liver. Thankfully both situations came under control and she was shifted out after surgery safely, only to learn later that daughter was sixty years old, so she had to be over eighty five years at the least! I made a mental note to modify my history taking by never ask a woman her age directly.

The night staff ran around taking care of the patients overflowing the wards, bedded in corridors. The eye surgery patients were bedded on mattresses in buildings commandeered and cleared for the purpose. All the patients did well, testament to the grace and hand of God with us.

Punchock, our mascot chef too had a tougher time this time, huddled in a little space converted into a kitchen, from where he still dished out impeccable meals that gladdened our hearts after hard labour.

Dr. Bishan, our team leader and the brains behind the whole operation was kept harried and hassled on every front. The water was irregular. The electricity department decided to shut power for one morning. The wiring in the block we were working needed some emergent repairs, and he had to pitch tents in the lawn of the pwd guest house to finally house all our staff. All our camps have been possible because of his intense efforts and I pay tribute to him.

But finally, it all paid off. All the patients did well, our staff were able to bid adieu to all of them prior to our departure from here back to Manali on the day of Diwali, the festival of lights. For those few days, we were able to shine a light in a dark space, and bring a message of hope and healing to a desperate people.

It is a with a huge sense of thankfulness and achievement I wind up this report, because for this year, we have finished all our surgical camps successfully. And we wont be opening this chapter again till next year. I am very grateful to all those who supported and sent people to participate, to all our staff who worked seamlessly together, and to God who made it all come to pass and watched over us with His presence.

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