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.