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Hospital on wheels: Amrita to start free medical camps with solar-powered telemedicine van

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  • The Mata Amritanandamayi Math is launching free medical camps in rural areas of Mysuru, India, using a solar-powered telemedicine van equipped with advanced medical equipment.
  • These camps have been ongoing since 2011 and have served over 100,000 (1 lakh) individuals, with a focus on providing medical care and medicine to destitute communities and raising awareness about health issues in rural areas.
  • The initiative also includes vocational training courses in healthcare for economically challenged female students, and the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has provided free care to over 4,700,000 (47 lakh) people in India since 1998 through its charitable hospitals and initiatives. They are also constructing a large hospital in Faridabad.
7 August 2020
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August 5, 2020

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math will soon start conducting free medical camps in Hunsuru, Mysuru and HD Kote taluks, with a new state-of-the art solar-powered telemedicine van.

Based out of the Math’s Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital in Mysuru, Amrita’s telemedicine van is equipped with advanced facilities such as a telemedicine console, a digital X-ray unit, a 2-D echocardiography and ultrasonography, automated and semiautomated blood-testing unit and an electrocardiogram.  It also has an oxygen supply with portable transport and Bipap ventilator. The equipment is supported by electricity and a petrol generator as well as by solar power. Developed by Amrita University’s Nano-Solar Centre, the solar aspect can support the van for three to four days.

Since Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, Mysuru, opened in 2011, it has conducted more than 500 medical camps, providing free medical and medicine aid to more than 100,000 (1 lakh) people. The camps regularly take place at village schools and panchayat buildings.

“We are very excited about this new telemedicine van,” said Amrita’s Dr. Vikas Modi, “because it will now be much easier for us to take state-of-the art compassionate care to the doorstep of the destitute.

“Through these camps we are also able to create heightened awareness about various health issues in rural communities. That is invaluable.”

Patients who require more advanced treatment will be referred to the Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital itself for free treatment.

In coordination with Bharath Sevak Samaj, the hospital is also conducting vocational-training courses in healthcare for female students from economically challenged backgrounds.

Through the Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital in Mysuru and its other allied hospitals, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has provided totally free care to more than 4,700,000 (47 lakh) people throughout India since 1998. It is currently completing construction of an Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research in Faridabad, which when completed will be the largest hospital in the country. This telemedicine unit is sponsored by Bank Note Paper Mill, Mysuru under its CSR Initiative.

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