Sunday, May 27, 2007

MANGALORE: Concetta Hospital Opens New OPD Block

Mangalore Concetta Hospital Opens New OPD Block

New Delhi, May 27, 2007, 11.00 Hrs (CBCI News):

Concetta Hospital, Kinnigoli, near Mangalore opened it’s new Out Patients Department (OPD) on May 26, 2007, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee Year of it’s foundation.

Superior General of the congregation of the Little Flower of Bethany Sr Jyothi, B.S. inaugurated the newly built Out Patient Department of the hospital, which was blessed by the vicar forane of Kinnigoli Deanery Fr Patrick Rodrigues.

The superior general congratulated the Director of Concetta Hospital, Sr Lilian, B.S. and her team for excellent health care provided by the hospital.

Earlier, Msgr. Denis Prabhu, vicar general of Mangalore Diocese celebrated the thanksgiving Eucharist in the Immaculate Conception Church, Kinnigoli.

Started by Fr. Jacob Lobo in 1958 to provide medical facilities for the people of Kinnigoli and the surrounding villages, the hospital has gown in size and stature.

“The child was born. ‘Will it survive?’ was the question of many. By the hard work of Fr. Jacob Lobo and the labour of love of many a person of good will, the child grew up steadily and is currently at the threshold of its Golden Jubilee,” recalled the hospital administrator, Sr Lelian, B. S.

In the beginning the Hospital comprised 12 beds. The Maternity Block with 6 beds was inaugurated in 1962. Today, the hospital has 75 beds and 24 Hour emergency facilities.

Due to the lack of transport facilities in the area, the need for mobile clinics was felt. Hence mobile clinic services were started in Neerude, Damaskatte, Niddodi, Balkunje & Kateel in 1971.

On 26.08.1986, the management of the hospital was handed over to the Bethany Congregation.

Nursing Aid Course was started in the year 1982. About 150 students have successfully completed the course and are employed here as well as other hospitals. There are 15 students in the current year.

Considering the need of preventive and promotive health, the hospital extended the health services to the community through the Community Health Project from the year 1995, which covers 25 neighbouring villages.

In 1987, a full-pledged Operation Theatre started functioning. Various types of surgeries are performed by efficient surgeons in the Theatre. During the year 2006 nearly 400 surgeries were performed.

In 1992, the Maternity Block was extended. In 1998 the maternity services were upgraded with ultrasound facilities. During the last year, i.e., 2006 nearly one thousand scans (obstetric & general) were performed. There is a gradual increase in the number of deliveries. In 2005 there were 460 deliveries and in 2006 the number increased to 520. A better fetal monitoring machine called NST Machine (non stress test) was donated by Dr. Ann Eline from Germany in the year 2005.

In the year 2002 new Emergency Block was built with modern emergency facilities. In the successive years the old building was renovated with additional Special Rooms and Semi Special Rooms, which attracts many more patients to the hospital.

Homeopathy Consultation has been made available for the patients twice a week by experts from Fr. Muller Homeopathy Medical College.

Through CBCI Health care and CODP, Concetta Hospital is actively involved in the detection of HIV/AIDS patients through VCTC Programme. The tests are conducted free of cost. In the past 1½ year 900 patients are tested for HIV/AIDS and 34 patients were detected to be positive. When HIV/AIDS patients are admitted to the hospital, they are treated without any discrimination.

The hospital has outpatient services, inpatient services (50 beds, 6 Special Rooms & 10 Semi Special Rooms, Male & Female General Wards), maternity services (16 beds) and 24- hour emergency services.

Besides, X-ray, ECG, Laboratory services, treatment for snake bite, Ultrasound Facility, Ambulance Service and mmmunization for neonates, infants & children.

The hospital attends to sick calls in the homes according to the need.

Specialists visit the hospital on a regular basis. Gynaecology, Paediatric, Orthopaedic, Medical, Surgical, Dermatology & Sonology are some of the specialist consultations available in the hospital.

Sr. Lelian took over as the first Bethany Director of the hospital in 1986. Since that time, till date she has been captaining the ship responsibly.

"Since then, the Concetta Hospital has been steadily growing and effectively carrying out all the activities in the field of medical service and integrated community health programme," said Sr Jyothi

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