Services


Tuberculosis Treatment & Control


Arogyavaram Medical Centre, formerly known as Union Mission Tuberculosis Sanatorium is a well equipped 350 bedded General Hospital , and was inaugurated in the year 1915 by The Lord Pent land, The Governor of Madras. Dr. Christian Frimodt Moller was appointed as the First Medical Superintendent. It has rendered a pioneering service in the treatment of Tuberculosis in this country. With the Ushering in of the era of Domiciliary care of TB (which was also advocated by this Institution as early as 1920) the need for sanatorium diminished. Today TB has re-emerged to be the number one killer disease with great losses in terms of human life and disability. With the existing social, religious and cultural restrictions on the women in this part of the country, the problem of women with TB is an emergency on its own.


It was in the early years of the present century that the problem of Tuberculosis began to be faced by the general public. The attitude to the disease was one of despondency. Even in the west of situation was no better and hopes of cure waned as method after method was tired with little success. Thus the situation appeared to be rather hopeless and the isolation of the TB patients to prevent infection to others in special institution called "Sanatoira" was thought of as the only service that could be rendered to them. This was the atmosphere in which a beginning was made with Sanatorium Treatment to help suffers from Tuberculosis whose state seemed so helpless and hopeless. In such a situation, the Union Mission Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Arogyavaram was the first Sanatorium in South India.


The climate is more or less equitable and hence all seasons are beneficial for the treatment of any disease. It was registered as a Charitable Institution under Charitable Society Act of 1914, and has rendered yeomen service in the cause of Tuberculosis and its name and fame spread far and wide, patients came from all parts of India and even beyond the borders. The Second decade in the life of the sanatorium was one of steady growth in all directions. The Institution took up the training of Medical and Paramedical workers from other Institutions and in 1927 Laboratory Technicians Course was started. Advances were made in treatment along the lines found useful in the west.


  • The Domiciliary care of TB was advocated by this institution.
  • Trial studies for SM, RMP, INH etc.,
  • Trial studies for BCG Vaccine.
  • First Lung Surgery in the Country.
  • The first Thoracoplasty operation in India was done at this centre.
  • The pioneering survey for TB in the region was taken up by this institution in response to     the government of India's request to study the immediate effect of BCG vaccination in     Indian Children and a research unit called "Madanapalle Tuberculosis Research Unit"     (MTRU) was started.

Advances were made in treatment along the lines found useful in the west.


Surgery was developed particularly from 1928-29. The introduction of surgical method in the cure of Tuberculosis enabled Sanatorium to accept for treatment of moderately advanced cases also. The First Thoracoplasty Operation in India was done here at our Institution around 1922, the surgical unit was gradually equipped


Before introducing new drugs in the market for treatment of Tuberculosis, they were first made available to the Sanatorium for trials. As a consequence, laboratory work was suitably developed specially in the study of the occurrence of resistant bacilli to different to different drugs. A lung condition called "Tropical Eosinophilia" was first described from the wards of sanatorium and further studies on this were done here for the first time.


Government of India requested Union Mission Tuberculosis Sanatorium to conduct a pilot investigation in Madanapalle Town to study the immediate effect of BCG Vaccination in Indian Children, first community-wide X-ray survey for tuberculosis in India in Madanapalle.


General Hospital Services with Multi-Specialty


Arogyavaram Medical Centre is working in the fields of General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, ENT, Orthopedics and Community Medicine.


Eye Care Services to the Poor & Needy


Dental Care Services


Community Out-Reach Programme


School for the Deaf & Dumb Children.


School & College of Nursing, Post. B.Sc.,(N) – Recognized by Indian Nursing council, Delhi & Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada.


Radiography training programmes BMIT & Diploma courses – Recognized by Christian Medical Association of India, Delhi & Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi


Schools - English & Telugu Medium


Printing Press


Department of Religious Activities is an added Strength of this Institution.


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