Pushpa Hospital & Leprosy Center
(Geographical location : Dallirajhara, Durg CHHATTISGARH)
This centre began as a dispensary in 1966 in a most backward district in the then state of Madhya Pradesh. By 1968 it was upgraded to a 30 bedded Hospital. Currently it holds 90 beds including 70 beds for general medical care. Majority of the populations are tribal’s. Dallirajhara is predominantly known for its iron mines. People live in remote areas with minimal facility for transportation and other medical facilities. Most of them live in small huts and malnutrition is common. This makes them more prone to contagious disease like TB, Leprosy and Malaria.
Leprosy Services: The SET program was launched under NLEP in 1983 to cater to the need of around 150,000 populations in Dondi block spread in 118 remote villages. From this designated area, a total of 3327 people affected with leprosy were treated and hundreds of their family members were benefited though rehabilitation.
TB Services: TB eradication program was started in 1997 with GLRA support. In 2003 RNTCP recognized and upgraded this hospital as a DMC and treatment centre. Since then DOTS medication & lab materials are provided by the government. Populations of over 41000 are covered through this program. Management of TB HIV co-infection is a concern since the nearest ART centre is located 83 km away at Durg.
Other services: Project established an Anaemia Eradication Project for tribal children and total of 675 children are receiving benefit out of this project. The hospital also conducted a 6-month multi-purpose training course for tribal girls.
Facilities: 20 bedded leprosy hospital, 70 bedded General Hospital with department of medicine, OBs & Gynaecology, Family Medicine, ENT, Orthopedic, 24 hours laboratory, HIV tri-dot testing, physiotherapy and Ultrasound scanning.
From 2010 the government of India has recognized this hospital for the family of ‘Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana’ (RSBY) scheme and from 2011, the Government of Chhattisgarh is recognized under the facility of “Janani Suraksha Yojona” (JSY).