A few years ago, the only facility run by the government for 2,70,000 residents was in a poor state, leaving it underused. In 2010, MSF partnered with the local government to refurbish Mon District hospital and train its staff. Our medical and administrative professionals since worked alongside them to help improve their skills.
MSF developed the pharmacy, set up a biomedical waste management system, integrated laboratory, new state of the art delivery room and an operation theatre (the only functioning one in the region) and improved infection control and hygiene.
MSF surprisingly discovered high numbers of patients with tuberculosis (TB) in Mon. If left untreated, the disease can lead to death.
Treatment for TB is hard to find in this secluded part of India. MSF built a special chest ward and a Designated Microscopy Centre at the hospital to care for patients and provide multiplied stocks of medicines. We also supported people who showed resistance to the drugs usually prescribed for treatment, developing a hard-to-treat strain of the disease called multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Curing MDR-TB can take as many as two years with patients often suffering severe side effects.
MSF receives Nagaland governor’s medal for Mon project