Health care and medical development in Ladakh is very poor and many people in the remote areas cannot effort to buy medicine or get proper treatments. Doctors in Ladakh are very rare and many people die or suffer from serious diseases due to lack of medical facilities available. Furthermore, the costs of good medical treatments are for many people of Ladakh beyond their capacity to pay.
The public health care system needs to be better structured and resourced and periodically renewed and strengthened to improve the health of the population. A framework needs to be worked out that defines the core activities of a comprehensive public health system. In an attempt to ensure a better health care coverage, Mahabodhi International Mediation Centre (MIMC) has been supplementing the government’s efforts to providing a strong and effective public health services for improving the health of the population.
Ladakh is the biggest district in India however there is only one hospital at its capital Leh, which is often crowded and lacks modern diagnostic machines and equipments. Heart disease is very common in Ladakh, but treatment and facilities are not readily available. Patients are therefore referred either to Chandigarh or to Delhi. Not everyone can afford this expensive treatment. To supplement medical services, and provide quality Medicare, Guruji Ven. Sanghasena Mahanyaka Thera started the Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital in 1996 by the kind initial support of Mother Park Sung Soo from South Korea. The hospital now has a mobile ambulance, to impart heath care in rural areas.
The residence of remote villages otherwise cannot access adequate health care given the geographical isolation, harsh environment and lack of general health education in Ladakh. Outfitted with the latest medical equipments among clean, well maintained facilities, the Karuna Hospital continues to set new standards of Health care in the region.
The Mahabodhi Hospital organizes annual summer medical camps in remote villages, attended by specialist doctors from our hospital and abroad.
The Hospital offers allopathic medicine in the following departments:
Maternity and child Department
The Hospital has state-of-the-art equipment and a Doctor at their services. Other services include:
Amchi Clinic and acupuncture clinic
Mobile Clinic to render services to flung villages
Health, Hygiene and health education program to people living in rural areas.
A meditation Hall for mental health and ethical training
Medical equipment, such as Ultra sonogram, video-endoscopes, ventilator, oximeter, Boyle’s Apparatus, etc. is available, and is aided with the allied services of laboratory, two operation theatres, X ray etc.
The Hospital runs smoothly, thanks to co-operation, coordination and dedication of committed specialists, doctors and technical staff. 27-year-old Mohammad Ali was a worried man. His mother had been complaining of abdominal for some time now. He had taken her to the district hospital nearby and the doctor had diagnosed 48-year-old Fatima with a stone in her gall bladder. It was still winter in Kargil. The road to Srinagar wouldn’t open for months. The Kargil District Hospital was understaffed and overworked. The operation wouldn’t be scheduled for weeks. Despite Mohammad being a Government contractor and financially secure, getting his mother treated in Delhi was more than what he could afford. That is when he heard of a private hospital in Leh that was well equipped and had a good surgeon. The operation couldn’t wait any longer. Mohammad brought his mother to the Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital on the 19th of April 2007. The operation was conducted successfully the next day and Fatima was released on the 25th.
How you can help
Since the hospital is charitable in nature, it renders free health care services/medicines to the poor and deserving patients, which comparatively are much larger in number. Compare to the very few who can afford to compensate to the services offered. As such, the income to the hospital is limited and self sustenance will be a steep struggle ahead. All philanthropic groups, organizations, individuals could extend their help and support for purchase of life saving drugs, hospital equipments, and salary of the doctors / paramedics and for maintaining the central heating system. One can also contribute through volunteering to conduct/organize health camps or as a volunteer at the hospital if having a medical back ground.