Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, a charitable hospital in Attappady in Palakkad district began its journey from a single room clinic in 2003.
With the increase in inflow of patients, construction of a ten bedded hospital was started in 2005.The hospital was inaugurated on 5th June 2006. The hospital completes 17 years next month. It is ideally located in Agali, geographical centre of Attappady. Throughout the years, the hospital has provided free treatment and medication to the inhabitants of tribal settlements. Unique rural health programs for treating sickle cell anemia and the likes were introduced along with projects like Community Mental Health Programme and Adolescent Girls Health Programme.
Soon more and more diagnostic facilities like ECG, X-Ray, Ultrasound Scanning, EEG, computerized laboratory and treatment facilities like Operation theatre, Laparoscopic surgery, Labour room etc. were added to the services provided to the public.
Surgeries were started in 2016 in our Operation Theatre. We have performed more than 400 surgeries now. Facilities for laparoscopy, ENT and Ortho surgeries have been added to the theatre.
In 2021, the Gynaecology department was started and the first delivery was conducted on 24th May 2021. Close to 100 deliveries have been held in the hospital of which 60% of the patients are from the tribal community.
Surgeries, Deliveries, scans and other facilities continue to be given free to tribal patients.
During the three waves of the COVid-19 Pandemic, the hospital was open 24×7 to meet the needs of the people. A Covid Treatment centre was also opened during the second wave in June 2021 to treat category B & C patients with Covid 19.
The hospital which was started in one room with one doctor and one staff has now grown into a 25 bedded hospital with 8 doctors and 65 staff. Apart from in-house specialists, many specialist doctors visit the hospital to provide their services.
Today, this hospital is a major destination for tribal and poor patients from all communities. The number of patients in the OP and IP has gone up substantially during the last year.
In order to meet the demand for more space due to increasing services and number of patients, one more floor is being added to the hospital building. The new floor will contain a Newborn ICU, Medical ICU, Maternity ward and private rooms. 25 beds will be added in addition to essential facilities. The construction work is in progress.