Clinic Meghauli

The clinic offers a Primary Health Care Facility, with resident: nurse, midwife, laboratory technician, health worker, pharmacist (with in-house Pharmacy), mental health nurse and a Dr’s Health Assistant. A Doctor visits 4˝ days a week, and periodically (once weekly) specialists in: Gynecology, Surgery, Medicine and Mental Health. All notes are kept in the Medical History Section. During the 2012/2013 a total of 5955 patients were treated at the Friendship Clinic with 918 further additional laboratory tests carried out. The value is comparable with previous years’ of patients’ being treated - 2009/2010: 6795 and 2010/2011: 6201, 2011/2012: 5504. The previous three years witnessed a pattern of decreasing patient numbers, in contrast to this year’s increase of over four hundred treated patients. As standard of living improved along with education throughout the village population, there was a slow reduction in patients from 2009/2012.

To date over 120,00 patients have been treated in-house. Development projects such as the Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Project continue to aid in increasing the level of community health. Improvements made in basic health understanding can yield great short and long-term effects in public healthcare. The health education provided by the clinic staff has raised public awareness of hygiene, first aid, and general health issues. Work carried out in this area has led to a reduction of water borne diseases and health problems related to poor lifestyle choices, thus reducing the frequency of patients seeking medical attention. Contrary to the decreasing patient numbers seen before, an increase of patient visits has occurred this year. The increase may reflect the addition of yet more specialists that visit the clinic such as doctors specializing in the field of diabetes and E.N.T (Ear, Nose, and Throat). A larger variety of laboratory tests have been made available for diagnostic use in the clinic. These combined factors enable the clinic to treat a larger number of patients as well as making the facility more sufficient. There has been a shift in the type of diseases being treated by the clinic. Hygienic problems were the cause of most visits during the initial years of Clinic Nepal. However, now as the level of public awareness and knowledge of these issues has been raised, the focus has changed to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.

The success of the recently acquired X-Ray machine has been overwhelming. This key diagnostic tool, allowed for investigations to be carried out that would not have been possible on-site previously. Developing our services is therefore very important, and in the near future we hope to add an ultrasound machine to our clinic. This would greatly enhance the level of medical care available and meet the needs of our patients.

We offer a tetanus vaccination service for any patients who require boosters. However, this is the sole vaccination provided, as the government currently funds all World Health Organization recommended vaccines completely free of charge via local health posts.