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Sathya Sai hospital touches another milestone

BANGALORE: The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences' Hospital at Whitefield has completed a landmark 1,000 cardiac and 500 neuro surgeries in just six months of its existence. It was inaugurated in January.

``Making a difference to people who had given up hope,'' is the way director Dr A.N. Safaya described the social impact of the charitable hospital that treats patients free of cost, at a press meet organised on the occasion. The hospital has performed over 1,000 cath lab procedures and treated more than 30,000 patients so far.

``The medical fraternity is shackled in the grip of commercialism and the poor have no access to cardiac care. While the government spends crores on defence equipment, it is hardly doing anything on medicare. This is defence against disease,'' Dr Safaya asserted. He described the treatment here as a combination of medical and spiritual healing. ``Here, love is part of the medicare and patients who have given up hope, develop confidence. It is a temple of medicine.''

Dr A.S. Hegde, head of neuro-sciences at the hospital, maintained that the infrastructure here is the best in the country and as good as any in the world. ``Not charging patients removes a lot of stress on both the doctors and patients. We use the best of implants and systems without having to worry about the cost factor.''

The hospital has state-of-the-art equipment such as the Stealth Station Neuro Navigation System that is not available anywhere else in the country, he added.
Dr Shekhar Rao, head of cardiac surgery, said the hospital is only one of the few in the country that has treated a wide spectrum of heart diseases. ``We have treated every conceivable heart condition across all age groups.'' As also many cases refused at other hospitals.

Patients have come here from all over the country, and even Nepal and Sri Lanka. ``I had a heart problem that required surgery and had no money. Someone told me of this facility and I came here,'' said Kalyan Singh, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh.

``We wish more people build such hospitals,'' said Dr Safaya. He described the project as an expression of Baba's love for the underprivileged and in keeping with his doctrine that medical care is a fundamental right that should be made available to all, free of cost.

The hospital treats every sort of cardiology and neuro disorders. For whom an arterial block in the heart means the end of the road, this hospital is the beacon of hope. In the words of the hospital staffers: ``it is Baba's immense love in action.''

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