Christmas at Lalgadh

At 6.30 pm on Christmas eve every year  the hospital holds a Carol Service which is greatly enjoyed by everyone.   All the staff get involved, singing or playing instruments. Over 100 inpatients - children, adults, elderly – hospitalized at Lalgadh Hospital for treatment of severe leprosy complications - gather in the colourfully painted, decorated recreation room of our Children's Unit. Here is a picture of Meena practising Christmas carols on her flute. They also hand out presents to...
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Growing Mount Everest!

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit last year, Nepal and China had agreed to jointly announce the height of Everest.  This has been of great interest to many people but especially climbers.  It is widely acknowledged that Everest moved along a few inches in the earthquakes a few years ago but as to its height, people were not too sure. So, by Nepal for the first time measured Everest by using its manpower and resources in coordination with Chinese technicians and surveyors, amid great...
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Nepal – reopening its peaks and trails!!

Nepal has reopened its peaks and trails for foreign adventurers in hopes of providing much needed income for hundreds of thousands of guides, porters and workers who have been unemployed for months because of the pandemic So adventurers looking to scale Nepal's Himalayan peaks and trek its mountain trails can finally do so for the first time in seven months, as the country reopens to foreigners even as the coronavirus pandemic has left it short of hospital beds. Foreign visitors are a majo...
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‘Hand Surgery’ Week

For the past few years Donald Sammut has gone to Lalgadh hospital with his medical crew for a few weeks and run a ‘hand surgery’ week.    He operates on a number of patients whose hands have been affected by leprosy.  Unfortunately, due to covid-19 he has not been able to go to Nepal this year.  The time was also spent in teaching the doctors there in operating techniques which would prove useful in other operations that would happen at the hospital. Hopefully, soon, Donald Sammut may be able...
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Crossing the border

With the festival season over, Nepali migrant workers are again crossing the Nepal-India border in Province 5. Despite the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the movement of people across the border has not stopped. According to the area police office at Jamunaha, hundreds come and go every day without even maintaining distance. Most of the people are returning to India after celebrating the festival with families in Nepal. With not enough employment opportunities available at home, ...
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