I recently had the opportunity to revisit a hospital where , three years earlier, I had spent a few months on a research project.
Before I had developed an interest in surgery, I travelled to a rural hospital in the Indian state of Rajasthan to study their malaria treatment and prevention programs. Reflecting on my findings, it occurred to me that the drastic drop-off in malaria rates that the region had experienced spoke to more than just malaria treatment and prevention. After I returned, I wrote an article trying to make the case that spending on health and infrastructure in rural India can show true dividends.
On this recent trip to India, I made my aunt and uncle take sick-days from work (sorry Mausi) and made a day-trip back to the hospital. When I had left the hospital last time, the chief doctor (an uncle of mine) had told me about his plans to build new operating rooms, start a blood bank, and expand the maternity ward. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I was thrilled to see that not only had his plans materialized in three short years, but the hospital now had a functioning NICU (neonatal ICU), a full time obstetrician, and a pediatrician.
A new neonatal ICU
A blood bank with a backup generator
A maternity ward – ready to open
…and lots more construction