Tumutumu Hospital provides this rural community with preventive and basic curative health care, including general surgery. Although medical care is available in this particular area from government services, patients come to Tumutumu because of the quality of nursing care, the availability of medicine, and the holistic patient care.
The hospital provides excellent maternal and child health care services:
- Pre and post-natal care
- Family planning
- Immunization clinics
- OB/GYN care
- Childhood illness, such as measles and whooping cough
- Minor trauma and infections
- Tropical diseases, such as malaria and TB.
The recent rise in non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, hypertension and cardiovascular disease has presented the need for specialized care, equipment and medications. In addition, the hospital provides services ranging from primary/general care to orthopedic, nutrition, eye care, X-ray/imaging, surgery, mental health, dental and emergency care.
Tumutumu Hospital experienced some difficulty in communicating with hearing impaired patients and determining the correct treatment for them. They had to rely on volunteers to come and interpret the patients’ needs. With MBF support, 5 hospital staff were granted the opportunity to receive sign language training to facilitate communication and better care for hearing-impaired patients.
Community outreach activities focus on some of these same primary health care programs through the operation of eight dispensaries. Tumutumu Hospital also has an HIV/AIDS prevention program. As a training hospital with an affiliated nursing school, Tumutumu gives student nurses the opportunity for very practical, hands-on training.