October 10, 2019
When Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba willed for an exclusive Pediatric Heart Hospital to be established, He chose the first facility to be built in the very heart of India, in the capital city of Chhattisgarh – Naya Raipur. Since its inauguration in November 2012, more than 100,000 children have received consultation and more than 10,000 children have been treated through cath interventions or surgeries to correct congenital heart conditions.
Seven years later in October 2019, this very same Hospital hosted the 20th Annual Conference of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India. This was a prestigious event that was attended by more than 500 doctors and health professionals. In accordance with the motto of Sai Sanjeevani, the theme for the conference was ‘’Reaching the Unreached, Care Continuum’’. Among the attendees, were renowned cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, luminaries and legends of Pediatric Cardiology from around the country and around the world. There was a special focus on humanitarian models of healthcare, with an emphasis on developing and sustaining pediatric cardiac programmes in lower and middle-income countries.
On October 10, even as all the staff and volunteers were involved in the final arrangements, Sri Madhusudan Sai arrived at Naya Raipur in the evening. He visited Sri Sathya Sai Sowbhagyam which was to serve as the venue of the three-day conference and went around inspecting all the arrangements while also interacting with the organising team members. Sri Madhusudan Sai had also blessed the second year Pre-University students, both boys and girls, to attend the Conference along with a group of guests and doctors from Muddenahalli.
With thoughtful inclusions of fitness and environmental drives, each day began with Yoga sessions early in the morning, followed by scientific presentations.
20th Annual Conference of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India 2019 – October 11 to 13, 2019
October 11, 2019:
On the morning of October 11, Sri Madhusudan Sai proceeded to visit the site for tree plantation near the Ganesha temple. As a run up to the Conference, more than 9,000 saplings had already been planted and all those present at the Conference also had an opportunity to plant trees in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint. Thereafter, Sri Madhusudan Sai inaugurated the two-day Nursing Conference which was being conducted at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Nursing College, in the Hospital premises and was attended by around 250 delegates.
In His message, Sri Madhusudan Sai remarked that in order to obtain the four Purusharthas or goals of life namely: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, good health is a primary requisite. He emphasised that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and therefore it is imperative that they develop the three ‘C’s in nursing: care – competence, compassion and connect to patients.
The inaugural session also included talks by Dr Anna, a cardiac nurse from the Boston Children’s hospital and Ms Sai Bala from the Amrita Group of Institutions.
Sri Madhusudan Sai then went around the Hospital and visited various departments and wings. In the central foyer where a beautiful statue of Lord Dattatreya has been installed, Sri Madhusudan Sai said that the statue which represents the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, stands for the three states of Srishti, Sthiti and Laya. He beautifully then explained that all three, Srishti, Sthiti and Laya were connected with the work of the hospital through: destruction of disease, sustenance of health and hope, and creating a new lease of life.
Meanwhile, the cardiac Conference was in progress with plenary sessions for all the delegates, followed by breakout symposiums in pediatric cardiology, surgery, anaesthesia, perfusion and catheter interventions. Several eminent practitioners from various prestigious institutions shared their knowledge and insights on various topics, through lectures, panel discussions and paper presentations.
In the evening, Sri Madhusudan Sai addressed the students, including some of the boys and girls who were pursuing their medical degree. He encouraged them to choose any path of their choice and reminded them to always strive to serve the underprivileged and make a difference to society.
October 12, 2019 – Inaugural Session of PCSI:
As per the norm of the PCSI conference, the inaugural session of the convention was held on the second day. The event was graced by several dignitaries among whom were the Honourable Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh – Sri Bhupesh Baghail and the National Badminton Coach – Mr Pullela Gopichand. The programme commenced with Dr Ashish Katewa, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, who welcomed the gathering and spoke about the theme of the conference – “Reaching the Unreached, Care Continuum.” Dr Katewa also spoke about how the seed to host the Conference at Sai Sanjeevani was sown and how it was all planned to be different, so that attendees could take back a message and resolve to bring quality pediatric cardiac healthcare to people who do not have access to it.
The President of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India, Dr Snehal Kulkarni presented a brief report of what the Society has been doing in terms of reaching out to maximum number of children, given that India has the highest percentage of children born with congenital heart diseases in the world. She delineated various challenges faced by the society, the recommendation to enhance the efforts and also the way forward.
Thereafter, a short video clip was played about the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital and various projects undertaken.
Mr Pullela Gopichand, star badminton player of the past and presently the National Coach of the Indian team was the next speaker. He submitted that he had no experience in the medical aspect of the Conference, but he could speak about the human aspect of children, who are not be judged if they are only talented in a particular skill, but should rather be groomed so that whatever talent they have, can be spotted. Mr Gopichand also spoke on the subject of respecting the old tradition that can help the modern generation with food habits and upkeep of health.
Lt. Gen. Dr Sanjeev Chopra was the next speaker from the Tata Trust. He outlined the various activities undertaken to alleviate the disease and extended his hearty welcome to everybody. He also presented a brief video showcasing projects undertaken by Tata Trusts in various walks of life.
The next speaker was Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust. He welcomed everyone and recounted an experience where three stalwarts of the Indian healthcare system had once sought an audience with Sri Sathya Sai Baba. To the intrigue and delight of those medical experts, Baba remarked to them, “Unravel the majesty of the brain and the mystery of heart, strive to find out the one who made them.”
This was followed by a presentation of the Gift of Life Certificates, given to children who get treated in the hospital as a token of blessings, so that they can grow up and become valuable citizens of society. The Chief Minister, Sri Bhupesh Baghail presented these certificates to three children who had recently been treated at Sai Sanjeevani.
Thereafter, the Chief Minister addressed the audience in Hindi and welcomed everybody to his State. He congratulated the team who organised the Conference and declared that doctors are verily the form of God Himself.
Sri Madhusudan Sai then spoke next and exhorted everyone to come together and work for the welfare of society. He mentioned that this hospital in Naya Raipur, started upon the direct command of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, will usher in an era of healthcare revolution across the world. Quoting from the Vedas, Sri Madhusudan Sai explained, “Coming together is beginning; working together is progress; reaching together is success.” He called upon the Government, organisations and society to come together and work in unison so that every child gets quality education, nutrition, and healthcare.
Concluding the morning session, Dr Rajesh Sharma, Vice President of the PCSI, offered a vote of thanks to everybody present in the audience and also to those in the corporate world who had extended their help for the conference.
Thus, the program officially came to a close after the National Anthem of India was sung. After the conclusion of the inaugural programme in the morning, the scientific sessions continued for the remainder of the day.
October 13, 2019:
The final day of the Conference began quite early with a 5-mile marathon for the delegates, in which the young students also took part.
In the morning, the Honourable Governor of Chhattisgarh, Ms Anasuya Uikey visited Sai Sanjeevani and inaugurated the Blood Bank in the Hospital. Thereafter, a unique programme called The Wet labs Initiative was inaugurated at the Sacred Space prayer hall. This training programme enables surgeons to receive hands on experience from senior surgeons and increase their skills by working on specimens.
Sri C Sreenivas then addressed the gathering and reminded everyone that operation theatres are nothing short of altars and hence, work becomes worship. The programme was also attended by Dr Raman Singh, former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, who stated that in his capacity as the Chief Minister for three terms, he had enabled many prestigious institutions to be set up but the one that gave him the most satisfaction, was the establishment and growth of Sai Sanjeevani Hospital.
Thereafter, the Gift of Life Certificates were presented to three more children who had received treatment at Sai Sanjeevani. Ms Anasuya Uikey, Honourable Governor of Chhattisgarh then spoke a few words. She applauded and extended her congratulations to the team of Sai Sanjeevani, for the service being rendered. She compared it to the Kumbha Mela, quoting the phrase, “Sabke Saath, Sabka Vikas”.
This was followed by an address by Sri Madhusudan Sai, who said that everyone must continuously ask themselves one question as citizens of this country, “What else can we do to reach the poorest and the farthest?” Thereby, efforts must be made to realise the same. He explained that despite the untiring efforts of the doctors, there are still thousands of families who are unable to even travel to the hospital due to financial constraints. Therefore, Sri Madhusudan Sai announced that in order to counter this problem, the hospital itself would go their doorstep through nodal centres which will be established in every district. The morning session then came to a conclusion with the National Anthem.
The evening of day three, saw a detailed presentation on the Divine Mother and Child Programme which was given by Dr Shruthi Prabhu, who is leading the programme in Chhattisgarh. The tripartite model of collaboration between the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Chhattisgarh, Sai Sanjeevani Hospital and the Tata Trusts will be instrumental in setting up of five satellite centres located in the districts of Durg, Bilaspur, Surguja, Bastar and Rajnandgaon. These centres will be the nodal points of the programme to make preliminary diagnoses and also for post-operative follow-ups. Thus, these Centres will minimise stress and strain on the child and its family, from having to travel all the way to the hospital.
Thereafter, Sri Madhusudan Sai announced that very soon, an Undergraduate programme in nursing would be started so that any interested students studying in His institutions, can join and get training in compassionate care.
This was followed by an informal session with all the staff and students, to celebrate in advance, the birthday of Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust. A cake was arranged and all those whose birthdays were around the corner also had the opportunity to celebrate and receive the blessings of Sri Madhusudan Sai. Never missing an opportunity to impart a lesson, He reminded everyone that birthdays should be worthy days and such worthy days only happen when they are utilised for the service of others. Sri Madhusudan Sai also declared that in 2022, the Hospital would host a large international Conference, by which time the last nodal centre would have been set up. Thereafter, He blessed the doctors with group pictures before retiring for the day.
October 14, 2019:
On the morning of October 14, Sri Madhusudan Sai blessed all the staff of the Hospital. He commenced by blessing the housekeeping staff with tokens of His love. There was a cultural presentation by the Bal Vikas children, after which a few doctors spoke briefly, and shared the overwhelming response of the attendee delegates who felt that it was more of a homecoming, rather than a Conference and all of whom were greatly inspired by the Sai Sanjeevani model. Thereafter, Sri C Sreenivas presented a short video of Sri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, speaking on Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Sri Madhusudan Sai then showered His blessings on all the staff members expressing His immense happiness on the success of the event. After blessing everyone, granting Namaskar to every staff member and promising to visit again early next year, He then departed from Naya Raipur and returned to Muddenahalli at around 2.30 p.m.