The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Palwal, Haryana celebrated its third anniversary and Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba graced the occasion with His presence, along with few dignitaries, Government officials, and guests who had come from around the world.
The morning programme started with Sri Arvind Thiagarajan, CEO of HD Tech, who spoke about, and demonstrated the use of HD Steth, a monitoring device, built on the command of Sri Sathya Sai Baba under the able mentorship of late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He mentioned how Swami had suggested an addition to the stethoscope, which eliminated a problem that was reported by various doctors, which has helped the evolution of the device in a better way. He also gave few details of the advanced version of the device which is being worked upon by him and his team. A stethoscope was presented to Dr Pradeep Sharma, Chief Medical Officer, Palwal.
The next speaker was Dr Pradeep Sharma, who detailed about the Rashtriya Bal Swasthaya Karyakram, a project of Govt. of India, and how free monitoring and treatment is provided to children till the age of 18 years. He mentioned that out of 23 heart surgeries done this year for Haryana, 20 were done by Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital. He also added that a program in which new-born children will be screened at hospitals using the HD steth, is being planned.
Mr Yashpal Yadav, District Commissioner of Palwal, spoke next and extended his congratulations to the entire team of Sai Sanjeevani for the commendable work. Ms Kavita Narayan, Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, offered greetings and congratulations sent by various departments of the Government for Sai Sanjeevani. She mentioned that they are in talks with National Board of Examiners and College of Physicians and Surgeons, so that the knowledge and expertise of Sai Sanjeevani could be shared among others.
Mr Onkar Joshi, Institution Development Officer, Palwal Hospital talked next about the various educational and training programmes initiated by the facility. He mentioned an MoU signed with the Govt. of Afghanistan, Ministry of Health, through which doctors and surgeons are being trained on a rotation basis at Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, which will eventually lead up to setting up a cardiac treatment facility in Afghanistan. He invited one such trainee, Dr Hanif Talal from Afghanistan, to share his experience, who thanked everybody for the training he was receiving. Mr Joshi also mentioned an MoU with a Malaysian University, which will include a medical mission to Malaysia to train doctors and nurses.
Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust spoke next, and thanked everybody for their commitment and time to materialise the dream of Swami, where everybody is serving the world with love and compassion. Sri Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Padma Vibhushan and Sarod Maestro, spoke briefly, thanked everybody, and extended his best wishes to the entire team.
Swami delivered His diviner message through Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai. He spoke about Sai Sanjeevani, Palwal, as being the confluence of government, organisation and society, that will bring about change and impact. He appreciated the work done by the doctors and the entire Sai Sanjeevani team for their dedication and commitment and the work they do. He also mentioned about various educational and training programmes being launched by the Hospital, and also revealed about the Post Graduate integrated programme in Pediatric Cardiology, which will offer training to the doctors for this field.
Dr Yogesh Shetty presented the vote of thanks, and the morning programme concluded with the National Anthem.
The evening commenced with the chanting of the Sarva Devata Gayatri by the ladies staff of the hospital. Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai blessed the team and posed for a group photograph with them. A short video was shown about the conception of Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals. Thereafter, a musical presentation comprising of songs and Bhajans were offered by the hospital staff. The group offered many pieces in various languages including Telugu, Hindi and English. The presentation was very moving and suffused with love. Bhagawan, the source and witness of everything, responded to the prayers, and blessed everybody profusely and also posed for photographs.
This was followed by another small video showing the achievements of Divine Mother & Child Health Program carried out by the Palwal Hospital.
The first speaker of the evening was the senior-most surgeon of the hospital, Dr Krishan Manohar, who through his own inimitable style, posed as an Aayyappa devotee and presented 41 slides symbolically equalling the 41 steps of Sabrimala pilgrimage. He showed the mergence of Bhagawan’s message, the ancient stories about Gods, and also the actual work done by various doctors and team members.
Ms Aruna, the post-operative ward in-charge, spoke briefly in Hindi about her journey with Sai Sanjeevani, as to how in the beginning there were only OPDs and no surgeries, and how sceptic she was about her own capabilities of handling cardiac post-operative cases. But with the guidance and training, she submitted her confidence, and thanked everyone for the support.
The first fellowship of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani was conferred to Dr Praveen Dontineni, who underwent one-year training at the Hospital and now serves as an independent surgeon at the Hospital. He expressed his gratitude to his mentor, family, and also everybody who helped him through his journey. He mentioned that on Swami’s birthday this year, he completed his 100th independent paediatric cardiac surgery.
Sri Madhusudan Sai then blessed Dr Kishan Rao with senior residency completion certificate, and also blessed Dr Ikshudhanva for his contribution to the Hospital. Two brothers from Kerela, Shaun Chetta and Faizal Chetta, received certificates for completing their training as perfusionists.
Sri Umesh, originally from Bihar, living in Delhi, a patient, who underwent treatment at the Hospital spoke next. After nine months of surgery, he ran a 5 Km marathon defying all odds, for he had never run in his life due to his ailment. He spoke in Hindi and expressed his gratitude.
The next speaker was Sri C Sreenivas, who expressed his pleasure and gratitude towards the whole team and every single person who has been associated with the Hospital. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, fully manifest in Sri Madhusudan Sai, expressed His pleasure and pride as the whole team is working hard, day and night, to bring joy to the little hearts. He encouraged everyone working at the Hospital to say ‘we are saving a child,’ irrespective of what the person actually did – be it a cook, a watchman or a driver. He joyously mentioned that this occasion was not the third anniversary but 3,000 birthdays’ celebration because in the last three years 3,000 lives have been saved, at the Hospital in Palwal. He praised Sri C Sreenivas for his single-minded dedication towards the mission, and that he would be busy for the next three years as two more such hospitals will be established. He also assured that if a child who gets operated in the Hospitals needs help with his or her education, the Education Trust will take care of the needs, without any entrance exam or formality.
The Hospital also conducts Bal Vikas classes for underprivileged children of nearby areas, and Ms Annapoorna, a trained Kathak dancer and co-ordinator of DMCHP, trains them in dance. Under the guidance of Ms Annapoorna, the children presented dance recital on various songs as an expression of gratitude.
Sri Madhusudan Sai blessed all the children and also cut the cake marking the third anniversary of the Hospital. The programme came to a close with Mangala Aarti and dinner Prasadam.