There will be a part 3 to describe Janaki Health Care and Research Center – JHCRC.
This one is about Janaki Medical College Teaching Hospital – city branch. JMC TH.
When I go to Nepal I always start with a blank slate. I know I’ll be invited here or there. This time I wanted to make a swing through the Terai. Since my bus accident last year, I wanted to minimize bus travel.
I wanted to go to Janakpur, since it was halfway between Bharatpur and Biratnagar. So when I got an invite out of the blue, I said yes.
Janakpur and their travails
For those not in the know, Janakpur has a medical college and they had some turmoil two or three years ago. The medical college operated two teaching hospitals – one in town and one outside the city near the campus. The one in town got closed for seventeen months. The college replaced all their managers. The college was also on probation from the Nepal Medical Council. All of this is public knowledge.
Among the new leaders brought in was a doctor originally from Janakpur who had been practicing in India. Dr Raman Mishra attended medical college in Varanasi and was a member of a medical practice in Chardigarh. He returned home. His practice includes both Janiki Medical College Teach Hospital (JMCTH) and Janiki Health Care and Research Center (JHCRC). Because JMCTH had just re-opened after seventeen months, he was re-establishing the ICU there. At JHCRC, he wanted to open a specific ICU, because there was none and ICU-level patients were being served in the ER.
Dr Mishra found this blog via websearch.
Next thing you know, Janakpur was on the schedule!
I did five sessions there – two at JMCTH and three at JHCRC.
Here’s a photo of JMCTH ICU:
Now, an interesting thing about Janakpur was, there were already a couple of nurses who’d previously taken my three-days’ course when I taught in Bharatpur a couple of years ago. Also, the enrollees at the first session included B Sc students from the JMCTH College of Nursing, along with their faculty members.
Turns out that unbeknownst to Dr. Mishra or myself, one of the JMCTH nursing faculty had gotten her M Sc in cardiovascular nursing from the UK. Binu Shah was very knowledgeable resource, and I soon asked her to help with the teaching. I love it when this happens!
The JMC TH ICU nursing staff was enthusiastic and came early to make sure they mastered the defibrillator.
The groups included a couple of Medical Officers and some “Health Assistants” from the Emergency Room. (Health Assistant is a person with a three-year PCL diploma). In this region of Nepal, the main language is Maithili, on par with Nepali and Hindi.
Part three will tell about JHCRC. stay tuned!