The district hospital serves a population of over 280,000 people from around the region, and some families will travel by foot for days to get treatment. Medical elective students here can expect to see a wide range of common and rare infectious and non-infectious diseases, including advanced forms of conditions that would be treated early in Western countries, or congenital conditions not picked up due to lack of antenatal screening.
Medical Elective students from a number of Universities in the UK and from many other countries have undertaken elective placements in Gorkha through GDS. This programme was set up in the 1990s through the charity founder Joy Leighton and following difficulties after the 2015 earthquakes in Gorkha District and the damage and trauma caused to the local community, Gorkha Hospital, we are pleased to report all is now working well but still in limited facilities.
Eamonn Foley undertook 4 weeks Medical Elective in May/June 2018. He worked alongside Nepali Medical Students from Kathmandu who he found invaluable in helping with translation and was able to share many experiences and also saw the delivery of new heart monitoring equipment funded through GDS. Eamonn was also able to work on other GDS projects such as the Hygiene programme and meet sponsored children providing invaluable feedback
Eamonn commented ‘The kindness shown to me by the Medical students, Sarita’s family and the whole local committee of GDHEDS was truly overwhelming. The perfect scenery and simpler way of life build around habit and routine was relaxing and a lovely change. I learnt a great deal about the importance of basic medical practice. The necessity of perfecting Histories and Examinations in the absent of diagnostic tests, and the just how greatly pain its perception and management can be altered by cultural beliefs. see Eamonn’s full report
The Doctors in Gorkha at both the Government funded Municipal Hospital and a small private hospital in the town, are keen to welcome medical students wanting to undertake their elective placement with them.