December 14, 2016
In January 2014, Operation Medical conducted a surgical mission camp at Kasturba Hospital in Valsad, Gujarat, India. During that camp, Op Med performed 216 free surgical procedures, changing the lives of not only patients, but also Operation Medical volunteers, Kasturba Hospital staff , as well as camp sponsors and hosts. President of Operation Medical, Dr. Mukul Parikh noted that, “This was a wonderful mission by any standards…..one of the best trips I have been on in terms of the number of participants, chemistry of the group, and the organization of the hospital.”
Little did we know in 2014 that this trip would result in a long-term relationship with new friends, colleagues, grateful patients and an invitation to return to Kasturba Hospital in January of 2017 to facilitate another surgery camp. Facebook “likes” and the magic of social media has keep many participants in Valsad in touch with the Op Med volunteers here in the United States. Just as they were in 2014, the Valsad community and the staff at Kasturba Hospital are eager to receive our team when they arrive in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, January 21st, 2017.
Kasturba hospital began operations in 1944 and celebrated their GOLDEN JUBILEE in 1994. It is the largest hospital in Valsad and does not receive help of any kind, nor financial aid from the government. It survives solely on donations. Much like Operation Medical, the Kasturba Hospital is committed to promoting and providing high quality medical care and education to their community.
Located in the heart of the city, the hospital is equipped with 236 Beds. They strive to maintain the values & vision of Kasturba Vaidyakiya Rahat Mandal. Kasturba Hospital has benefited from the extensive learning and experience of Respective Doctors whose association has always helped Kasturba Hospital to stay at the forefront of medical technology and best practices in the territory.
The medical team today at Kasturba Hospital is comprised of highly skilled and qualified Consultants with wide exposure to international systems and protocols. The support medical team is comprised of Registrars and Medical Officers and doctors. There is a great need for healthcare here, and Operation Medical is grateful for the opportunity to provide care for the people in the communities around Valsad.
To read more about Kasturba hospital, please check out their website at www.kasturbahospital.com and follow them on Facebook.
Please check back often as we continue our pre-trip posts to introduce our team of volunteers in the coming days as well as sights and sounds of Valsad.
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