Sankeshwar Mission Hospital, Sankeshwar, Belgaum, Karnataka.
Sankeshwar Mission Hospital (SMH) was started by the British missionary, Dr. George Henderson in 1923. SMH is the oldest hospital in Sankeshwar and perhaps even in Hukkeri District of Karnataka, entering its 99th year in the service of rural patients covering 360 villages in and around Sankeshwar. Started as a center for leprosy treatment and rehabilitation, the hospital continues to provide treatment to the leprosy patients. SMH mainly caters to the poor and underprivileged sections of society, as most of them cannot afford expensive treatment. Over the years, the Lord has helped the Medical Missionaries to carry out this altruistic work through this Mission Hospital. In the past few years, several upgrades have been made towards improving the services rendered by the hospital as well as to provide better infrastructure. Today SMH is a 25 bedded Hospital with OPD, IPD, OT, Pharmacy, and Laboratory facilities and continues to provide medical care in the following branches: Gen. Medicine, Dermatology, Gen. Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology. Following is the team of doctors at Sankeshwar Mission Hospital:
- Dr. Anil Arlikatti, Gen Surgeon, Medical Superintendent
- Dr. Shanti Arlikatti, Gynecologist
- Dr. Sherin Verghese, Junior Medical Officer
- Dr. Jeffin Matthew, Physiotherapist
Outpatients: After having a dip in the no. of OPD patients in the year 2020-21 due to covid we have bounced back to 10931 patients during year. Most of these patients come with Skin ailments, Medical ailments, Anemia, Tuberculosis, & leprosy. Operative Procedures: There has been a steady increase in the operative procedures for the last couple of years. Last year we had 295 Major and Minor Procedures completed in FY 2021-22. Physiotherapy Department was started in the Sept 2021, which has contributed to increased footfalls for the Mission Hospital during the last year. Dr. Jeffin Matthew is leading the Physiotherapy Department. New Equipment, donated by prayer partners, were recently added to the hospital, Viz. Baby Warmer – 1 Unit, Neonatal Phototherapy – 1 Unit & Oxygen Concentrators – 3 Units. Mr. Kurian Oommen has joined SMH as General Manager in April 2022. As a family they had been prayerfully looking for a Mission field to serve the Lord. This year they have moved from New Delhi, leaving their secular job, to Sankeshwar with a desire to take up the responsibilities at SMH and SETH. Further expansion of the Hospital with more departments added, is in the planning. This will require the construction of an additional floor to the existing Hospital building to accommodate the required facilities. The Mission Hospital has an Operation Theatre where general surgeries and gynecology surgeries including caesarean section are being done. The scope and range of surgeries can be improved by upgrading the existing OT equipment. Also, an Orthopedic Department will be started soon and this will need the current radiology equipment to be upgraded to the Digital System. Looking forward for some more new equipment & gadgets and new dedicated Doctors to join SMH so that this blessed service be extended to all strata of society here.