Sri Sathya Sai Medical camp was inaugurated on July 14th by Dr. Narendranth Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi council, amidst hectic schedule. Dr. Reddy expounded, reinforced the real significance of
doing service at the lotus feet of our beloved lord. Several office bearers of Sri Satya Sai international Organizations are also present and spoke during this occasion. A glimpse of historical background of international medical camps in Prasanthi nilayam and other aspects of his divine medical mission was given by him with one to one interaction with the doctors , young adults, and volunteers.
“Today we are celebrating Gurupoornima. This day is observed as an occasion for offering worship to the guru (the religious or other preceptor) there are 8 types of gurus who impart spiritual instructions of different kinds. Among these the really important guru is “ Vihitha Guru” the preceptor who removes the doubts in the minds of disciples and reveals them the process of self-discovery and self-realisation. The guru should destroy the darkness of the ignorance (about one’s reality) and illuminate the mind of the disciple. The illumination must result in the perception of the one reality that is beyond the name, form and attributes. No purpose is served by going in search of the gurus. There is a guru in each of us. It is the atomic principle; it is the eternal witness functioning as conscience in everyone. With this conscience as guide, let all actions be done”. – Sathya Sai Baba
Health care team
The medical camp is represented by 61 volunteers (21 physcians,40 paramedical/volunteers) from USA, UK, Australia, Netherlands, India, Malaysia, UAE, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Sri Lanka and Russia.
Medical Professionals: There were 21 medical doctors at the camp spanning various specialties like Pediatrics, Dermatology, Hematology/oncology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, ENT, Wound care,
Physical therapy, Dentist, Neurology, Anesthesia and Internal medicine.
Pharmacy: The pharmacy section was staffed by 2 pharmacists, doctors, young adult volunteers assisted in inventory management, filling prescriptions and explaining dosage information explicitly to the patients.
Volunteers: 61 volunteers assisted the Camp with all non-medical duties such as registration, patient flow, vital signs recording (weight and Blood Pressure), translation from Telugu, Hindi, Spanish into English and vice versa, and pharmacy tasks. In additional, Seva Dals from the Andhra Pradesh state cadre were deployed by their units to help out the camp.
Structure of the Medical camp
The Medical Camp premises were divided into two distinct areas: one wing served the women patients, while the other served male patients. In addition to separate consulting rooms, the two wings shared an Acute Care room, a pharmacy and a health education room. The courtyard of the building served as the registration area, and was staffed with volunteers from around the world.
The volunteers registered the patients, noted down vital signs such as weight and blood pressure of the patients on a registration slip, and managed the flow of patients to the consulting rooms and other facilities. The medical education room was used in the mornings to impart valuable lifestyle tips to diabetic patients who came in for blood sugar tests.
Day to Day Schedule
The day started early for the participants at the camp. At 7 AM Doctors and volunteers assembled in the Altar room – where an elaborate altar was set up for Bhagawan Baba – to chant prayers. The powerful prayers chanted every day included the Ganesha adharva sheersham, Rudram, Sai Rudram and the Durga Suktam and ended with Arathi. After an hour of energizing prayers
everyone took up positions to start seeing the patients.The day started with checking fasting blood sugars and rendering medical education. There was a constant flow of patients from morning 8 AM till 7:00 PM. The patients were very happy with the care rendered by the physicians and volunteers; especially it was a great experience for the young adults, beaming with full of energy on this holy occasion to render service to our fellow brothers and sisters.
During this holy occasion 300 eyeglasses were distributed to the needy. Patients really appreciated this eye care.
Walking Sticks & Canes
Patient with severe osteoarthritis, gait instability and endemic fluorosis related degenerative joint diseases were treated and those who needed help to walk were given Walking sticks / canes which were of great help to the needy.
Medical Service / Sathya Sai World Youth Festival 2016
The medical camp at N4 also catered to the medical needs of youth festival delegates. Above all several young adults, medical students, physicians, volunteers has enthusiastically participated
in the medical camp which is the hallmark of this year Gurupoornima.
All the participants of the Camp are filled with gratitude towards Sathya Sai Baba for providing this Opportunity of serving His devotees the Medical Camp. We pray sincerely that Sathya Sai Baba may provide such an opportunity and again to all of us.
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