The Janki Foundation gives regular financial support to J Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre, a unique hospital located in Mt Abu, Rajasthan, India. Built to take advantage of a serene mountain top setting, the 102-bed hospital is a haven of succour in an area facing an acute shortage of healthcare.
Before Global Hospital, as it is popularly known, was commissioned in 1991, four hospitals with a combined bed strength of barely 457 served the district’s population of 700,000. Super-specialists like a cardiologist, diabetologist, ophthalmologist, ENT consultant, surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon were unheard of. Only very minor health ailments were treated locally, those who could afford health services travelled two hundred kilometres to the nearest city.
Global Hospital was established as a secondary care hospital, with outpatient clinics offering advice and treatment in the disciplines of cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, dietetics & fitness, ENT, gynaecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, paediatrics, psychiatry, plastic surgery and surgery.
Good health for all is the hospital’s driving mission, brought into action by providing free outpatient consultations to all walk-ins and free or subsidised treatment to poor patients.
Global Hospital stands out for offering complementary medicine systems parallel to allopathic specialities. Complementary approaches include acupressure, ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), homeopathy, magnet therapy and yoga therapy.
Another key differentiator is the emphasis Global Hospital puts on patient’s overall wellbeing, based on the philosophy that lasting solutions to health problems require the healing of mind, body and spirit. A special department of wellbeing offers admitted patients and outpatients courses in positive thinking, meditation and spiritual awareness to complement their care.
Many of the staff themselves practice Rajyoga meditation, and make conscious efforts to create an environment of peace and healing.
The latest comprehensive annual report of the hospital is attached – Download Here (PDF)
Global Hospital’s presence has made a huge difference to the local community. On an average, it treats 300 outpatients daily and 300 inpatients monthly. About half of the admitted patients receive free treatment.
Global Hospital also has an international role as Mt Abu is a well known place of pilgrimage and tourist centre, attracting over a million visitors a year.