How can we improve infant health? – Divine Discourse Summary – Inauguration of Divine Mother and Child Health Programme – September 1, 2017
The very basic necessity for every human being born on earth is good health. Unless a person has good health, one cannot engage in any kind of activity in this world, which is called the land of activities or Karma bhumi. It will be very unfortunate and narrow-minded to think that somebody’s health problem is none of our concern. For, in this society and the world that we live in, everything is interdependent. Since time immemorial, Indian culture recogised the whole world as one single family and called it Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. And it taught the Indians to pray not just for themselves or for their limited families but for the entire world, which they must consider as their own family. Let all the beings be happy. Let everyone be without any illness. Let everyone see auspiciousness everywhere. Nobody should have any sorrow. When the ancient Rishis recited their prayers, they always ended with this prayer for the well-being of everyone Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu – Let all the beings in the world be happy.
It is unfortunate that with the so-called evolution of man the values have devolved in human beings. And the most basic fundamental basic necessities and in fact, rights of every human being, being education and health, are made into businesses that only work for the sake of profiteering. Today, health is being sold and purchased, and so is education. It is extremely important to recognise the need for everyone’s welfare for one’s own existence. This was very much identified and recognised by our Indian culture, which believed in the welfare of all and not just of an individual. How many ever hospitals we open – 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 – we are not able to solve the problem. The real way to solve this problem is not to allow this problem to occur.
The right solution to this problem which is now plaguing the entire world is to look after the health of the mothers while they carry the babies in their womb and look after the health of the child as soon as it is born. We must put every single effort possible in our capacity to reach out to those women who lack access to proper medical care and are about to deliver. Only when we all work together, in unity, without differences of caste, gender, geographies, nationalities, religion, can we solve this problem in its entirety. Please set aside two to three days of every month in order to provide these services to those who are in dire need. It will do great good to not only the institutions, the society and the nation but also to your own selves.