Bethesda Leprosy Hospital, Narsapur, Telangana.
The Bethesda Leprosy Hospital was started in 1923 by Mr. John Boyd. Soon this humble beginning as ‘Leper Home’ grew into a ‘Leprosy Hospital’. Dr. C. Pring, Miss. Hampton, Dr. Edward S Short, Dr. Ben Walkey, Mr. K. Satyanarayana and many others worked among the Leprosy patients faithfully. The ministry was truly unique in its character as it caters to the holistic needs of leprosy patients. We have every reason to praise God for the blessed service the in-patients and out-patients receive from the dedicated Doctors, Nurses and Nursing Aides. All the patients were thankful to God for the best of treatment and love they receive in this hospital. The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh has also recognized and appreciated the good work being done by the Hospital. The fervent efforts of Dr. Jonathan David Livingstone and encouragement from the management, a new General Ward was set up in March, 2018 housing 6 general and 2 private beds; thus making Bethesda an 88 bedded hospital. BLH have also added a new 12-channel ECG machine to our inventory and it is being used to the fullest. During the last week of July, 5 wheelchairs were donated to our hospital by the Christian Mission Charitable Trust (CMCT) and will be used as and when necessary. In recent years there is decrease in the incidence of Leprosy and HIV, but Patients with Skin diseases and Ulcers are visiting in more numbers. We at SMH are preparing to celebrate God’s faithfulness for all these 100 years in the centenary year 2023. Dr. Joseph Willington and Dr. Sowmya recently joined the hospital and they are serving the patients faithfully. Mr. Sharan is recently appointed as project manager to oversee and monitor the projects.
In-Patient and Out-Patient flow of patients from June 2021 to May 2022