TLM Muzaffarpur Hospital
Muzaffarpur district, ‘the Land of Leechi’ came to its existence in the 18th century and named after Muzaffar Khan, a revenue officer under the British. Water-borne diseases are very common in Bihar due to poor sanitation and water supply. Kala-azar, tuberculosis, and filariasis are the principal causes of morbidity. Bihar has only five leprosy hospitals and they are managed by NGOs.
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL
TLM Muzaffarpur Hospital was established in the year 1904.
The Mission to Lepers (now, The Leprosy Mission Trust India) started a small leprosy home to cater to the needs of people affected by leprosy who had been driven away from their homes, in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, in 1904. The leprosy hospital which started with 40 beds has now become a full-fledged hospital, where thousands of people from several districts of Bihar and adjacent states come for treatment for leprosy and other general ailments.
The facilities provided by the hospital include consulting rooms, in-patient rooms, operating theatre, laboratory services, ECG services, X-ray services, counselling, physiotherapy, pharmacy, MCR protective footwear and artificial limbs.
Goal of the hospital
The goal of the hospital is improved health and development of people affected by leprosy and other marginalised people in the community. The hospital aims to achieve this through:
- Strengthening the leprosy referral system in Muzaffarpur district.
- Partnering with the government, NGOs, churches, and civil society organisations (CSOs) for effective programme implementation.
- Generating awareness of rights, livelihood opportunities, and advocacy through relevant partnerships.
- Supporting people affected by leprosy and members of marginalised groups in accessing government social welfare schemes.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
|The hospital provides holistic care for the following specialities:
In 2015, about 42,000 general consultations are provided, mostly for dermatology (55%).
|The hospital has a 61-bedded in-patient wing and provides best inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care. Patients are admitted mainly for leprosy (eye care, ulcer, surgery, lepra reaction and neuritis, etc) – about 440 in 2015. About 18,000 leprosy bed days were utilised in 2015.|
Support services (lab tests; X-ray, ECG, physiotherapy, counselling):
- 2,500 lab tests, including 1,200 skin smear examinations for leprosy, 500 haematology tests and 700 biochemistry tests done in 2015.
- 130 patients underwent physiotherapy.
- 6,000 leprosy patients counselled.
Prevention of impairment and disability (POID) in leprosy:
The hospital provides patient education, physiotherapy, pre-fabricated splints, MCR protective footwear, etc, to leprosy patients to prevent impairment and disability.
- 230 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis were given appropriate treatment.
- 270 leprosy patients admitted for ulcer management and 170 ulcer surgeries done.
- The hospital has an MCR protective footwear manufacturing unit which manufactured about 500 pairs in 2015 and supplied them to hospital patients and to the government.
- The hospital also has an artificial limbs manufacturing unit which manufactured about 30 orthosis.