The inpatient department (IPD) at the referral hospital at Ganiyari is a busy place. Despite providing complex care to patients of all ages with a broad diversity of medical and surgical problems, the inpatient service strives to situate each patient in the broader social context of the marginalized tribal region of Chhattisgarh we serve.
The inpatient service provides care to 70 patients with an additional dozen beds for recently discharged patients who need ongoing monitoring and medical care that would be difficult to perform at home. Our inpatient beds include a fully functioning mixed adult and pediatric Intensive Care Unit with ventilator, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a chemotherapy ward, a tuberculosis (TB) ward, a Labor and Delivery Ward where approximately 500 births occur each year and two wards dedicated to acute and chronic adult and pediatric medical and surgical problems.
The TB ward and chemotherapy ward are remarkable for our rural setting. Our TB ward has multiple beds in a large, open air space. Those patients who are at increased risk to transmit the disease or known to harbor drug resistant bacteria have access to isolation rooms. Additional protein nutrition is provided to each patient per World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines. At discharge, each TB patient is carefully plugged into our outpatient TB clinic. Our chemotherapy ward provides curative and palliative treatment for over 500 newly diagnosed cancers each year. Patients are provided chemotherapy at subsidized rates on a daycare basis, allowing them to continue to live their lives and be present to their communities during their cancer treatment.
Many of the ailments seen in the inpatient serviced are intimately linked to the malnutrition endemic to the region. As such, inpatient care is not limited to high quality medical or surgical care. Each patient is provided three meals as part of his / her IPD charges and patients and their families have access to a fully functioning kitchen to prepare their own meals should they choose to do so. As illness can be a traumatic and disfiguring experience, basic grooming and hygiene are also provided as per requirement.