EHS-COVID (27) Maintaining surgical services at a rural hospital

11 November, 2020

Dear Friends

The COVID Pandemic has affected almost all the rural and mission hospitals all over the world. Despite being designated as a COVID Hospital and treating about 200 COVID patients the Shanthi Bhavan Medical Center at Biru in Jharkhand achieved a remarkable feat.

They had no infection of the staff and all the COVID patients were discharged curved without infecting anyone else after coming to the hospital.

You can hear about how they managed this in YouTube lecture organized by the International Federation of Rural Surgeons

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Attached is a an article published about it in Christian Journal of Global Health

Thanking you

With warm regards

J. Gnanaraj

J. Gnanaraj MS, MCh (Urology), FARSI, FICS, FIAGES

HIFA profile: J Gnanaraj is an Urologist and laparoscopic surgeon trained from Christian Medical College, Vellore. He is currently the Director of Medical Services of SEESHA which is a social service wing of the Jesus Calls ministry. He has upgraded the facilities at the Karunya Rural community hospital at Karunyanagar to a center for minimally invasive surgeries and started the heath care plan and the master heath check -up and the outpatient clinic at Coimbatore. He designed C3MDS the hospital management software along with computer personnel and designed local modifications and installed it many mission and other hospitals. This is being upgraded to a web based version compliant with the requirement of the National Accreditation Board for hospitals and health care facilities in India. He has designed low cost medical equipment for use at the mission hospitals and doing research on medical equipment in Karunya University. He is the Editor of the Rural surgery Journal of the Association of rural surgeons of India and has 45 publications in national and international Journal. He has presented papers at the conferences of Association of Surgeons of India (Calcutta, Cuttack and Madras), Urological Society of India (Bangalore & Nagarjunasagar), Association of Southern Urologist of India (Ooty & Vellore), Indian Medical Association (Trichy), Rural Surgery (Sivakasi, Ujjain, Sewagram), Association of surgeons of Assam (Silchar), International Federation of rural surgeons (Ifakara, Tanzania), WHO CME for rural surgeons (Herbertpur), International College of Surgeons conference (Trichy). He has organized many innovative diagnostic and surgical camps at interior rural places in India.