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October 8th, 2013

Ent camp in full swing

Drs George Ani and Vibhor Jain are here for the ent camp which is in full swing. They already seem to have clocked up enough surgical cases to keep them busy all through the next days. This year the Rotary Club of Manali has come forward to provide hearing aids, and even provide them free to the deserving poor on the 9th of October. On the 9th they will also do bone densitometry and random blood sugar on campus free. We thank all our friends for this service to the people of this region.

People have come from as far as lahaul and spiti for this camp. In all of this area, this is is the fourth year that this service is being provided. Specialised surgery is very far from the average man, and these camps brings these services to  him.

The prevalence of ent disease, including ruptured ear drums, and middle ear problems is very common. Many just live with it, for the lack of a viable alternative. The nearest good centres providing quality care are as far away as in Chandigarh and Delhi and Ludhiana.

 

September 29th, 2013

Camp in Lahaul and Spiti

The Lady Willingdon Hospital team returned on the 28th September after holding camps successfully across Lahaul and Spiti. From Udaipur in the extreme west, to Kibber in the east, the whole of the district was traversed in a week, with camps in Udaipur, Darcha, and Tabo. The civil hospitals in Keylong and Kaaza were visited with a view to using the facilities in the future to provide surgical and specialised services in the future. Three hundred and eighty patients were seen, with people being provided free check ups for dental, eye, physiotherapy, medicine and surgery.

The scenery is a study in contrasts, from Lahaul to Spiti, but equally awe inspiring. The tenacity and good humour of the people who live in such remote and harsh landscape can only be admired and respected. The entire district is in need of specialised services of every kind.

Hypertension seemed to be common, but seldom treated. Ear and eye complaints were also common, with limited access to care or cure. Scabies and skin conditions were common afflictions. Dental hygiene was reasonably good, but there was a tendency for the people to choose extractions over dental conservation.

In every area, the camps were held in the government facilities, and we experienced whole hearted co operation from all the officials concerned.

We hope that we can help this area in 2014 by conducting focussed, well planned speciality camps in the most needy areas.

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September 17th, 2013

Medical camp in Lahaul Spiti

In conjunction with the government, our hospital is gearing up to conduct medical camps in Lahaul and Spiti. The itenerary will be as follows:

  • 22nd September  Keylong, assess facilities
  • 23rd  September Udaipur
  • 24th September Darcha
  • 25th September Kaza assess facilities
  • 26th September Tabo
  • 27th September Kibber
  • 28th Kaza halt, prior to return.

The team will comprise surgeon, internist, physiotherapist, dentist, eye surgeon, optometrist and helpers.

We look forward to this and please keep an eye on this page for further news after the camp.

These regions are isolated from advanced and even basic medical care due to the harsh environment, distance and the lack of medical facilities. It is very difficult to get specialised care in these areas. We hope this camp will be the first of many in conjuction with the government authorities who are giving us their utmost co operation.

 

September 9th, 2013

The Reichardts arrive

We are delighted to have Dr. Lena Reichardt, (who will look after obstetrics and pediatrics) and her husband, Rev. David Reichardt, a specialist in eco theology with us from Australia. They will work here with us and help in the hospital.

We welcome you both into our midst.

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August 10th, 2013

Ct Scan unit inaugurated on the 7th August

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The first ct scan unit in Manali ever was inaugurated by Shri Kaul Singh Thakur on the 7th of Agusut in a grand function in the Lady Willingdon Hospital Manali. All the staff put together an exemplary performance, and a seamless program with songs, dances and a cultural program, topped off by a delectable feast in tradtional dham style.

We thank God for this great blessing to Manali, and know it was only possible because of the love for God, expressed by many to Manali through donations which made this possible.

July 1st, 2013

Oxygen manifold and pipeline – breathe easy now

A new oxygen manifold, automatic panel and alarm system and piping through the whole hospital was commissioned with prayer yesterday (1st of July 2013). We thank God for this provision through the TOUCH Ministry. We also changed the oxygen delivery ports, and now will have oxygen in all areas we need it for patients.  The panel has inbuilt alarms and safety systems which allow us all to breathe easier.

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June 20th, 2013

Smile train is here

The Smile train team is here in Manali. Surgeries will start tomorrow.

Dr. Sanjay Sheoran has arrived with his team, which will screen patients and start surgeries tomorrow (21st June 2013). This is a huge service for patients of cleft lip and palate. Thanks team and thanks Smile train!

June 16th, 2013

Eye camp

Dr. Sandeep Anand provided his services here to the patients of the valley, seeing two hundred patients in three days and operating on twenty two in two days. He also performed a rare squint surgery for a patient with myasthenia gravis. All the patients have returned home well.

Thank you Sandeep!

 

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May 31st, 2013

Cardiac health mela today

A health mela will be organised on the school grounds today focussing on cardiac care. Heart disease is rapidly becoming a bane in the valley. Preventive measures focussing on early detection, lifestyle modifications, dietary advice and samples of healthy foods will be on display. Interactive sessions at various stalls, dental and physiotherapy recommendations, and videos of heart related topics will be on display. There will be a booth for children for crafts, activities, and a tent in the shape of a heart to facilitate understanding of what actually goes on in this muscled chamber. And of course, food for all.

Watch this space!

 

May 27th, 2013

Farewell to Jane and Gareth

We bid a fond farewell to Ms. Jane, a nurse from the UK who volunteered with us for the past three months and helped out in our emergency room. She adapted well to the mayhem that characterizes the emergency room swinging to the quick efficiency that is demanded there. We thank her for her help.  Mr Gareth, her husband, helped out with the Daystar school, i believe they also had a great time with him.

Safe trip home!

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