Alcohol De-addiction & Rehabilitation
- Alcoholism is a treatable condition and can be controlled with treatment.
- For 23 years, we were engaged in organizing residential treatment camps in surrounding villages.
- These were conducted in collaboration with the TTK Hospital De-Addiction Centre, Chennai and we have treated more than 500 families.
- We now offer this service at our own hospital at the N.R. Swamy Centenary Rehab Centre, with the continued support of TTK.
- We provide comprehensive treatment that includes medical treatment and psycho-social therapy for individuals, groups and family members.
- Persons with alcoholic dependence get treated as in-patients for two to three weeks.
- During their hospitalisation, their wives must compulsorily attend daily sessions specially organized for such spouses, for a half-day.
- A monthly follow-up is also organized for treated patients.
- The word means “softening” of bone (literally, bone becoming “porous” and hence fragile) and is a common problem among senior citizens.
- Even an accidental fall or a sudden jerk can damage bones if there is osteoporosis.
- It is therefore necessary to assess bone density in women who are 5 years post-menopause and men over 60 years.
- Necessary preventive measures can be instituted if there is a problem.
- The DEXA Scan is a specialised x-ray type equipment available at our hospital to assess this condition.
- Our experts have put in more than two decades of service in treating osteoporosis, and have evolved simple, easy to follow, standardised treatment procedures to prevent bone fracture and resultant disability.
- In the minds of the general public, obesity per-se is not considered a health issue although medically it is known to be strongly associated with many diseases including diabetes, hypertension, cardio vascular problems, menstrual problems, infertility, arthritis, stroke, sleeplessness, eye disorders and impotence.
- Changing life style and fast-food-type eating habits contribute to the increased number of obese people in our community.
- We at TMH believe strongly that this is a health concern that needs to be addressed, and is one of the focus areas of our hospital towards improving the overall health status of our community.
- We integrate this as an important aspect of treatment for all the patients we care for.
- For weight reduction, we offer diet and nutrition education, advice on regular exercise and counselling on life style modifications.
- Life-long and sustained attention gives excellent results and improves health.
Centre for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
- Diabetes is a predisposing factor for many diseases such as, hypertension, stoke, kidney failure, heart attack and failure, and so on.
- Similar to the problems of obesity, changing life styles, food habits, stress conditions and sedentary habits contribute to the increase in the numbers of those found to have diabetes.
- It is therefore essential to control and manage diabetes.
- There is no permanent cure, but often it can be effectively managed with appropriate medicines, diet and exercise.
- At our hospital, we offer a comprehensive programme not only for control and management of diabetes and hypertension, but also screening for complications resulting from diabetes such as sensory loss in the foot, care, retinopathy, dyslipidemia, coronary risks, etc.
- We offer customised dietetic input and weight loss plan, advice on life style and management of risk factors.
- We also effectively manage thyroid, pituitary and metabolic disorders in our centre.
Master Health Check-Up
It is advisable for all members above 40 years to get a Master Health Check-up done every year.
The benefits of this check-up are:-
- Early detection of medical problems is possible
- Existing medical conditions can be reviewed and suitable measures can be adopted
- Clients get input on healthy living
- They learn about certain diseases & their causes
- Prevention of unnecessary health expenses and anxiety relating to health
Our physician renders medical advice after receiving all the reports.
At our hospital, this service is available on all days. However, it may be good to fix an appointment in advance and come, since the laboratory investigations include the drawing of fasting blood for sugar and cholesterol levels.
Hence this and other related requirements can be communicated to you before you arrive.
We also offer some specific check-up for pre-employment and employees for industries.
Primary Healthcare & Non Communicable Diseases
- We carry out regular screening and offer education, counselling, referral and treatment to different groups of people through a full-fledged programme.
- The programme covers 315 villages, 50 panchayats in Vellore district touching the lives of 160,000 people in 35,000 families.
- Non Communicable Diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, stroke, osteoarthritis, ageing related impairments, bronchial asthma, oral, breast and uterine cancer, etc) and secondary/tertiary health care needs of women and children far surpass communicable diseases as the leading cause of death, lost productivity and out of pocket expenses.
- Our Thirumalai Charity Trust (TCT) with its twin health service provider teams -Community Health Services (CHS) and Thirumalai Mission Hospital (TMH), has a thirty year track record of impacting the health care seeking behaviour of our outreach community.
- During the past 10+ years, in response to changing morbidity patterns and the institutional inadequacies with the state care providers, our services had shifted focus to prevention and control of NCDs. After we set up TMH in 2010, in addition to prevention and care, we are also directly provisioning NCDs care.
- We offer comprehensive care for those affected with NCD at the hospital and through a network of primary health care providers established in the community. In doing so, it prevents secondary level complications and reduces morbidity and mortality.
- TCT will embed the hospital within the community and incrementally reach out to all the villages in the project area to identify and treat NCDs, beginning with (a) diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis, (b) cervical, breast and oral cancer and (c) alcohol and tobacco abuse.
- It will progressively enroll most of the families in the project area for TCT’s services at a concessional charge. It will streamline referral services for other conditions and choose follow up care services for them where possible both at the community level and the hospital. It will create the needed services and teams for the project and enable training for effective delivery.
- It will collaborate with the Government and other private organizations to fill in the gaps in its expertise, ensure cost effectiveness and maximum benefit to the community. It will also use these relationships to disseminate the results of the project.
Encouraged by the results we see in our activities for non communicable diseases, we are now working on a project called Kavasam. In this project we propose to intensively extend our expertise in NCDs in a model project that encompasses prevention, early detection, treatment and management. The project also attempts to inculcate responsibility on the part of the patients, their families and the community. The project is aptly named kavasam, which means protective shield.
Special Features on this project:-
- Towards preventing NCDs, the project attempts to attack the primary causes of NCDs namely obesity, alcoholism, tobacco use, inappropriate food habits, sedentary life style and stress
- Focus on children, adolescents, youth and mothers to organize education activities.
- Specifically educate them on correct weight for their height, required food habits to achieve the correct weight and engage in regular exercise.
- Target patients, families and community for education and counseling measures.
- Work with mainstream institutions such as primary health centres, schools, balwadis, panchayats, and also informal groups such as family care volunteers and community based organizations.
- Use modern multimedia tools for education to facilitate life style changes and use of these tools extensively in popular media such as SMS, whatsapp, TV and other social media.
- We propose to combat the following NCDs in our prevention and treatment efforts:Obesity, alcoholism, tobacco abuse, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiac diseases, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer in women, oral cancer, asthma and pulmonary disorders, anaemia and stress.