Humanising Medicare - Doctors
Meet ad Gyan Deep Hall in Dharmakshetra, Mumbai on September
Today we need
men of sacrifice in the world. What I want is not your devotion.
You must apply your mind to the problems of society and find
remedies for them. One should aspire for social welfare. Society
today needs the services of self sacrificing doctors. Doctors
these days have large incomes of thousands of rupees per month.
But they do not want to do work worth even a rupee. They want to
have money without work. Society today needs servants. Only
those who truly serve can become true leaders.
When a leader looks upon himself as a servant, he renders true
service to society
Inspiration from the Divine example of Swami's Super Speciality
Hospital, the organisation has always been motivated to
duplicate this model at the state level.
This is one such project. The uniqueness is that it entails
active seva from the workers of the organisation.
This project aims at achieving the goal of providing Super
Speciality treatment, of high quality, free of charge, to the
needy, without the cost of putting up a hospital structure for
the same. This project entails the coming together of Super
Specialist Doctors who out of their own sense of service are
willing to take care of patients utilising their existing
would provide the logistical support including money for
medicine and material. The first such cardiac surgery under this
network has been already performed. This project is one of the
offerings by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Maharashtra &
Goa and Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Maharashtra on the occasion of
80th year of Advent of Sri Sathya Sai Avatar.
While most of Mumbai has struggled to reach home over the
last few days, very few have questioned why Mumbai has suddenly
become a victim of floods.
Yes, it is possible that Mumbai has received more than her share
of rain, but that still does not account for why the water took
so long to recede. Also no one seems to be questioning why the
flooding has been particularly bad in the Kurla-Kalina region;
no one seems to have made the connection with the mysterious
Mithi River and the Mahim Creek.
The Mithi River, which at one time must have been a glorious
channel of water, has now been reduced to a filthy nalla of muck
and pollution. The river runs from Powai, reaching the Arabian
Sea via Kuria and Kalina. The Mahim Creek acts both as a filter
for the incoming Arabian Sea and a drain for the river - Article
from a news magazine.
With the Blessings of our beloved Lord not a single devotees
life was lost in this disaster.
Report And Relief Work Undertaken By Sri Sathya Sai Seva
" HIT BY NATURE, SAVED BY DIVINE GRACE"
Devotees and active Workers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organization, Mumbai, were deeply concerned by damage and
suffering caused by the unprecedented flood and rain in Mumbai
City. Thousands of families and homes were destroyed and
hundreds of people have lost their lives. This was moment when
succour and help was mostly needed by all the affected. Equally
evident were the stories of divine miracles and grace that saved
many more thousands from disaster.
In the tradition of true love, the devotees and active workers
of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization with the active
participation of State Bank of India and H.D.F.C. Bank went all
out to reach and help as many people as possible. The
Organization distributed packages containing complete food
ration for the affected families and conducted numerous Medical
Camps in different affected areas in and around Mumbai City. The
Centers where these food packages were distributed and the
Medical Camps conducted.
a) Apart from that particular day of 7th August, 2005 ,
all our sevaks from different samithis have been actively
helping the affected areas by conducting regular medical camps.
b) The officials of the State Bank of India provided the
requisite help for the food grains while the officials of the
HDFC Bank provided the means for the acquisition of the
medicines . The amazing reaction was from the officials who
turned down several other organizations and chose to associate
without Organisation as they felt that our sevaks do their work
with tremendous love and absolute integrity which are the
teachings of our Beloved Swami.
It is well know
to all the fact that the cost of medical care specially tertiary
care is beyond the reach of an average person, not to mention
the poor. The provision of such treatment has also become a
commercial enterprise with all the attendant abuses. The Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Maharashtra has undertaken
Medicare to the needy as one of its main service projects in His
In line with
its core objective of providing free Medicare services to the
economically backward society and the needy, Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisations, Maharashtra & Goa, conduct Medicare activities at
Sri Sathya Sai
Trust Maharashtra has set up the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality
Diagnostic Centre, Dharmakshetra, Mumbai and Sri Sathya Sai
Speciality Medical Centre, Sai Prem, Navi Mumbai. These centers
house eminent specialist Doctors and patients from all the
primary centers are referred here for further course of action.
It was for this
reason the organisation had conducted this meet to share with
the doctors, the guiding principles driving all medical relief
and health care activities which are enumerated below:
Globalisation of Medicine: Medical aid should be the right of
every individual irrespective of caste, creed , nationality or
De-commercialisation of Medicine: The act of healing should be
restored to it pristine sanctity, which can only be done when it
ceases to be a commodity bought and sold in the market.
3. Human Values
in Medical Care: Care must be taken by all involved in the
health care, to demonstrate the five values viz, Truth,
Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence in every act of
Spiritualisation: Present day medicine make no attempt at
strengthening the SPIRIT of ma- the divine force in him that
energises his physical, mental and physiological systems. This
integration is effectively implemented in a thorough and
professional manner by the organisation.
Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital,
Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital was established in October 1995. Eye
surgeries are performed four times a week whereas OPD is open
for consultations six days a week. Since inception more than
4500 operations have been successfully completed. A team of 20
Ophthalmologists, 45 volunteers, 6 paid staff like
anaesthetists, trained nurses, etc. are involved in eye-care
management. The ophthalmic surgeons associated with this
hospital have performed all types of surgeries including plain
cataract, cataract with IOL, SDCR and Pterygium. The 'Giving
Sight' program focuses on Intra-Ocular implant surgery, Corneal
grafting or Keratoplasty and Eye donation.
The Eye Hospital has the following facilities:
OPD-Refraction, Pathological tests and pre-operation check-up
OT with monitor, Pulse oxymeter, Boyle's apparatus and
microscope capable of undertaking Cataract
operation and replacement of Intra-Ocular lens.
9 beds for post-operative care
Nd-Yag Laser for non-contact incision or ocular tissue by
One single act of service offered to
God whom you visualise in another, is worth all the years of
yearning for God
Medicare at Slums and Villages
Grama Seva is a unique novel and noble service
activity ordained by Bhagawan in His infinite Compassion and
Grace. Bhagawan often exhorts us that, " Of all the methods of
Seva, service to the long neglected rural population is the
best. Dedicate your skills, your energies to the betterment of
the brothers and sisters dwelling in the villages. No other
service can excel Grama Seva". Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations
all over India provides free medical help at the door steps of
the needy by organising regular medical camps.
Abiding by the Divine directives of Bhagawan, Sri Sathya Sai
Seva Organisations, Maharashtra & Goa, have enthusiastically
plunged into Seva in the Villages & Slum with greater focus on
Medical Services. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Maharashtra
& Goa have over 15 centers in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai alone
actively involved in free medical services through periodical
medical camps. Members from these centres visit many slums and
villages in and around Mumbai and carry out various free service
aspect of these projects is the medical camps where in
qualified doctors attached to the organisation provide free
medical check up and medicines to the needy. This is
supplemented by special check up camps such as. Cancer
detection camps. Eye check up camps etc. A holistic approach is
adopted in this service emphasising on both preventive and
curative aspects of human ailments. While the preventive
measures through health education like organising exhibitions
and audio-visual aids, enable containment of diseases, every
effort is made to provide total cure through regular follow ups
and tertiary treatment assistance where possible. For example -
free cataract surgeries were organised for some of the patients
from villages in Navi Mumbai.
The fulfillment of human life consists
in the service that man renders, without any thought of return,
in an attitude of selflessness. ...Baba
Sri Sathya Sai Medical Centre,
Sri Sathya Sai Medical Centre is managed by a team of more than
50 doctors specialized in various disciplines. Nearly 100
volunteers provide the back-up and support services. The
3-storeyed Medical Centre with full-fledged Pathological
laboratory and Consultation rooms was inaugurated in 1998.
Hundreds of patients located in and around Mumbai avail the
services of this centre every day.
Practitioners offer consultations on all working days. Patients
are referred to specialists visiting the centre or other
hospitals whenever necessary. Leading Cardiologists,
Orthopaedics, ENT surgeons, Pediatricians, Gastro-enterologists,
Dermatologists, Gynecologists, Anaesthetists and General
surgeons offer their services on specified days during the week.
More than 3,25,000 patients have taken benefit of these services
in the last 10 years.
Sai Prem Centre at Vashi, Navi Mumbai was inaugurated by
Bhagawan on May 13, 1995 and the Medical Centre starter
functioning in Nov. 1986. This center provides free medical
treatment and medicines in the areas of General Medicines,
Gastro-enterology, Gynecology, Dental, Pathology, Ophthalmology,
Chest & Lungs, Dermatology, Physiotherapy, Chiropractics,
Psychological counseling. Acupuncture and Homoepathy. Since
inception till November 2004, in all 52,292 patients have
availed the benefit of medical services.
Besides the activities at Dharmakshetra and Sai Prem, all the
Samithis of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations carry out several
programmes related to healthcare in their respective areas.
These include providing Jaipur foot or Callipers to those
requiring artificial limbs, health check-up camps, providing
free medicines, supply of protein food to patients in nursing
homes and hospitals and organising Blood donation camps. Health
clinics in the fishing village of Trombay attract between
150-200 patients every Sunday. For the past 25 years. Volunteers
and Medical practitioners affiliated to the organisation have
been providing treatment to these patients coming from remote
In addition to the above, some of the organisation centres
conduct periodical check up and dispense medicines at various
locations such as Trombay( Mumbai), Gadheswar (Panvel) etc.
Medicare at Slums and Villages
Grama Seva is a unique novel and noble service activity ordained
by Bhagawan in His infinite Compassion and Grace. Bhagawan often
exhorts us that, " Of all the methods of Seva, service to the
long neglected rural population is the best. Dedicate your
skills, your energies to the betterment of the brothers and
sisters dwelling in the villages. No other service can excel
Grama Seva". Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations all over India
provides free medical help at the door steps of the needy by
organising regular medical camps.
Divine prescription for the Doctors
by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Fill your hearts with compassion and serve the poor and the
needy. Sacrifice is the hallmark of a true doctor
There is no medicine more effective than a smile .
Speak kind and sweet words to the patients; for these words cure
Work happily and spread happiness to more and more patients
Doctors should administer the injection of courage and
encouragement to the patients
As the Lord has Love and Compassion, the doctors too should have
these divine virtues of the Lord
Medicines of their own can not cure diseases; it is the divine
grace that cures
When virtue increases, health improves
To put in sincere effort is the duty of a doctor; success or
failure is God's will
Think and feel that the service you perform to the patients is
the direct service to God
The belt) that you extend in good faith to your patients will be
rewarded in course of time
Man has been endowed with the human body nof for seeking his
selfish ends but for serving
Fellow-beings Cultivate the awareness that the service, which
doctors perform for others, is nothing but service done unto
Observe the harmony of speech and practice, lest you mislead the
Restraint over food and life style ensures sound health of the
The essential mark of a hospital is its cleanliness
Hospitals are meant to serve the poor and not to make money
You can charge the correct fee from the wealthy, but be kind and
considerate while dealing with the poor
'Dharmarthakamamoksbanam Arogyam Mootamuttamam"
Health is the fundamental requirement
to achieve the four goals of human life, namely, Dharma
(righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire) and Moksha
(liberation). Without good health, man cannot perform even a
small task. Health is man's supreme wealth. It is much superior
to the other types of wealth possessed by man.
- Sri Sathya
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