Dr Donald Sammut and his colleague Dr Nola Lloyd have just completed a week of hand surgery at Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre that has seen 27 people, many of them children, receive operations to correct deformities of the hand. Many of these people have been people affected by leprosy but some have been general problems such as congenital deformity.
This type of reconstructive surgery can transform a person’s life as they regain important lost function, and also regain a “normal” appearance. For people affected by leprosy, who have been stigmatized by their deformity and unable to participate in normal community life, an operation like this can be the key to allowing them back into their community. (more…)
Some of you may be aware of an earthquake that occurred last Sunday (18/9/11) in East Nepal. It was quite severe and shook things up fairly vigorously at Lalgadh so that people went outside for safety. Fortunately, most of the buildings are earthquake-proof and there was no damage to the site.However, the epicentre of the earthquake was on the Nepal border with Sikkim, and many houses were destroyed and many more badly damaged. The rescue services are hampered by the severe monsoon rain and by landslides which the earthquake triggered. The number of people killed is as yet unknown. Do please pray for the rescue efforts and for those families affected by damage, death or injury.
More news is available at <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14967812 >
In December 2010, LLSC became the proud possessor of an ultrasound machine delivered from Germany. Debbie Willis, an Ultrasound Consultant from the Teaching Hospital in Geneva, spent a month at LLSC teaching staff in the basic techniques of using the machine and reading the resulting scans.
The machine has been kept busy since then, being used for maternity cases as well as for scanning deep ulcers caused by leprosy. It greatly helps treatment management to know how far an ulcer tracks up the inside of a foot or leg or hand, and this machine provides that information. (more…)
Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre is getting an extensive new build.
For a long time, our inpatient wards have been operating at 98% capacity which in practise means that it is difficult to admit new patients. People visiting the Centre with complicated ulcers and other problems have often had to be temporarily housed in rented accomodation in the village below until space in the wards becomes available.
Our limited Maternity services have been operating out of a “cupboard” – a small area of the verandah behind the pharmacy which had been walled in to make a small working area. This was grossly inadequate and needed to be improved. (more…)