Manni was one of five health professionals from theUKwho went toIndiato help set up the Royal Shanti Healthcare Indore Hospital
“A mutual friend asked me if I would be interested in going out to help set up a new hospital, but initially I was hesitant,” explained Manni.
He eventually agreed to help and flew out earlier this year, together with a midwife, physiotherapist and two NHS nurses.
“I helped set up protocols and procedures and helped with the design of the interior – including where to put toilets, sinks etc. The building was already under construction and it was just great to be involved,” said Manni.
Whilst in India, Manni also took part in celebrations for the Holi festival, which marks the beginning of Spring.
“Originally the Holi festival commemorated good harvests and fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time for enjoying Spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter,” said Manni.
The Royal Shanti Healthcare Indore Hospitalwill open its doors to patients next month and is a medium-sized general hospital which includes A&E, general surgery, ENT, orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a number of inpatient wards. It is privately funded but is tasked with raising money for its future so that all patients can be treated there.
Manni is hoping to go back to visit the hospital once it is up and running and see how it is working.