India from a medical perspective

As a part of my studies me and my colleagues, mainly medical students, were invited to India for an internship. We were allowed to visit public hospitals, private hospitals, general practitioner offices in cities, rural and remote areas. We visited very low quality places to very fancy hospitals. Those 4 weeks were shocking and amazing at the same time.

I want to show a side of India tourists (hopefully) never get to see.

Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital, Bangalore

This is the most modern hospital I have ever seen in my whole life. The heart-surgery department, especially the paediatric cardiac surgery department is a very renowned hospital in the whole word. This was the first hospital in which hygene was important and we were asked to put masks on.

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Family clinics/ GPs

There were different kind of Family clinics, some are just one room with a desk for the physician and one tiny examination bed, others are bigger and have a extra room for the examination. Some have a waiting area others do not.

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Refill NaCl infusion
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Family physician in Bangalore – Looks different from what we are used to!

Public Hospitals

Public clinics mean, hours of waiting, not enough staff, too many patients, bad equipment, and average to low quality service.

However, at one thing most of the public hospitals seem to score well is that they do many labors and are always prepared for labor.

It is not uncommong to see gloves for delivery and surgery being recycled, which means washed and re-used in order to save money.

This was the operating theatre of a public hospital. Suprisingly we were allowed to enter in a very non-sterile way.

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Operating Theater – we were allowed to go in there with our cloths, not being sterile!!
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Bords in the Hospital – trying to save money where ever possible.

We were invited by a public hospital to visit the multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis ward. No proper face masks, neither for us students nor for the visitors of those very sick patients. Patients continuously coughing in the ward made us run out of the ward within a few minutes as we did not felt safe at all.

Note: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. (https://medlineplus.gov/tuberculosis.html)

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MDR- TB Ward
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MDR-TB sputum samples
Overall: India needs to improve a lot in terms of hygiene.

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