Dedicating Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital to the Service of the Nation
Gearing up for third wave of the COVID pandemic with specially equipped paediatric and neonatal ICU facilities
Friday, 27 August 2021 – Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur
Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital at Sathya Sai Grama - Muddenahalli, a multi-disciplinary free of cost medical facility, was officially dedicated to the service of the nation to improve the health of people, especially that of women and children with the urge to serve the cause of ‘Right to good health for all’. Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri Basavaraj Bommai, along with Dr K Sudhakar – Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education, Government of Karnataka, graced the occasion in the presence of Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, a social and spiritual leader who walks the footsteps of his Master, Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital will be a 300-bedded medical facility and will grow in phases. In the first phase, the Hospital is being upgraded to a 150-bedded high dependency in-patient facility consisting of 125 HDU and oxygenated beds, and 25 ICU beds, with specially equipped paediatric and neonatal ICU facilities to be battle-ready, should there be a third wave of the COVID pandemic. ‘vaidya sethu’ – tele-health services will commence in the coming weeks, and a dedicated team will offer free consultations and prescriptions through a phone call. An Advanced Foetal Medicine Centre with integrated fellowship programme will also commence in the coming weeks.
In India, almost 70% of its people are living in rural areas without much access to high-end speciality care, and on an average 60% of healthcare expenses, are being out of pocket. Thus, the Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital finds relevance as the most important centre of health in the district of Chikkaballapur which will offer all services, including the fellowship programme for doctors, free of all costs.
As a preliminary out-patient centre since January 2018, one wing of the Hospital has been serving patients in various disciplines of General Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dentistry, ENT and Physiotherapy. Visiting doctors in the areas of Orthopaedics, Podiatrics, Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Endocrinology, Radiology, and Community Medicine, regularly extend their expert consultation.
Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri Basavaraj Bommai addressing the gathering
COVID wards at Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital
Expansion plans are already underway, and the ground-breaking ceremony for a new block - Sri Sathya Sai Rajeswari Memorial Block - adjoining the current hospital building was also held, in the presence of Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust and Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence.
Ground-Breaking Ceremony - Sri Sathya Sai Rajeswari Memorial Block
Gift of Life Certificate being presented to little Bindu
The Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital in collaboration with its allied chain of hospitals - Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Heart Care Centres (which provides free paediatric cardiac surgeries for congenital heart disease) - screened thousands of children in the district of Chikkaballapur. A few children with congenital hearts defects were identified. Free surgeries have been successfully performed on two children during July 2021 at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Child Heart Centre for Child Heart Care & Training in Pediatric Cardiac Skills, Navi Mumbai – Maharashtra. Honourable Chief Minister gave away ‘Gift of Life’ certificates to these two children.
The Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital will soon grow into a teaching and training hospital, which will produce paramedics, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, who are willing to dedicate their lives in the service of the sick and impoverished citizens of the nation.