February 2007


Amritakripa, the 50-bed charitable hospital, constructed in Roopanagar here by Mata Amritanandamayi Charitable Mission based in Amritapuri at Kollam District, Kerala, will be inaugurated on Mar. 1 at 6 pm by Mata Amritanandamayi.

Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Co-operation Minister G.T. Devegowda will be present, said Swamy Ramakrishnandapuri, Treasurer of the Mission.

Addressing media persons at Hotel Sandesh The Prince in city today, he said the hospital will provide free health-care to the poor from the rural areas of Mysore. It will have the best medical equipment and will be extended to 100 beds shortly.

The services available in the hospital will be a smaller version of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Kochi, Kerala, which has spent more than Rs. 150 crore on free medical care to 7,51,098 patients since its inception in 1998 to 2006. The deserving patients visiting Amritrakripa will be referred to AIMS for treatment, if necessary.

The Mission is providing monthly financial aid to 50,000 destitute women and widows in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, he said.

When Star of Mysore asked him about the facility being extended to needy women in Mysore, the Swamiji said that the Mutt in Bogadi is collecting data and a list of beneficiaries will be prepared shortly.

Replying to another query about the announcement by Amma on her birthday last year about the action plan to prevent farmers' suicide, Ramakrishna-nanda Puri said that teams of psychologists, social workers and experts have been already formed and they will begin work
in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala where the suicide rate of farmers is high.

Dr. S. Ranganathaiah, former Head of Department of Medici ne, Mysore Medical College, who is the Chairman of 'Amma's Visit' Reception Committee spoke about the activities of the Mutt in Mysore. Swamy Amritageethananda Puri was present at the press meet.


The new District in-charge Minister G.T. Devegowda has said that he would carry out a major surgery to the K.R. Hospital here.

In spite of all facilities available at the hospital, they were not being properly utilised. He had already discussed the matter with the officials of the hospital, he disclosed at a press meet here recently.

Persons injured in road accidents and other kinds of mishaps needing emergency medical attention were not being provided with emergency treatment. The injured persons were being sent to other hospitals. Necessary steps had to be taken to set right the system. All the staff of the hospital, particularly the medical personnel, should be at work in the hospital from 9 am to 4 pm. The exploitation of the poor in the hospital must be ended, Deve Gowda remarked.

The electrical transformer needed for the hospital would be installed soon. In addition, all other facilities required in the hospital would also be provided, he announced.

There was no anaesthetist in Yallamma Dasappa Hospital which was established in 1949. An anaesthetist from K.R. Hospital would soon be sent to that hospital, he disclosed. An exclusive meeting to discuss the management of K.R. Hospital would be held soon, he said.

A considerable amount of money is due to Mysore City Corporation. That included Rs.4 crore sanctioned to the civic body for meeting the Dasara expenses. Steps would be taken to release the funds, Deve Gowda disclosed.

An office to receive the public grievances would be opened at the Corporation. An officer would be nominated specially for that purpose, he added.

Meetings would be held in Mysore City Corporation and Mysore Urban Development Authority to discuss about the problems vexing the citizens of Mysore and steps would be taken to develop extensions in the city, he explained.


Renowned Orthopaedic surgeon of Bangalore Dr. K. Srinivasan conducted a live demonstration of joint replacement surgery at Basappa Memorial Hospital (BMH) here this morning as part of the 3rd meet of the workshop on joint replacement.

The workshop was held as part of the 31st annual conference of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association, which will be inaugurated this evening.

The workshop, chaired by the eminent surgeon was presented by the Department of Orthopaedics, Basappa Memorial Hospital for the benefit of about 50 doctors and Post-Graduate students who have registered as delegates.

Dr. N. Nithyanand Rao, Dr. T. Rupendu and Dr. Santosh Kumar joined Dr. Srinivasan in the demonstration of the specialised surgery. Earlier, K.B. Ganapathy, Editor, Star of Mysore, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the CME proramme of the 3rd Joint Replacement Course at Central Institute of Indian Languages auditorium.

Dr. Nithyanand Rao, Organising Secretary of the conference, welcomed Dr. Srinivasan, Dr. Yoganarasimha Achar, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mysore, and Dr. Nitin Srichand, Secretary, were on the dais. K. Harish Machia compered the programme and proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr. Andrita, Dr. Anita and Dr. Divya rendered the invocation. Expert faculty delivered talks on 'Pro-mechanics of Normal and Replaced Knee Joints" and related surgical techniques.


The three-day conference will be formally inaugurated by Dr. V.S. Acharya, Minister for Medical Education, at 6 pm oday in the Platinum Jubilee Auditorium of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, at J.K. Grounds.

Gesture to Child Care

In a country bustling with a population of over 102 crores, sordid stories involving children are common knowledge. On the one hand, when several cases of child abuse go unnoticed, on the other hand, there are people that also believe that they hold it in trust from God to promote the good of mankind.

Perhaps, it is this thought that prompted the Ashadayaka Seva Trust in Medar Block, Bamboo Bazar, Bannimantap, to provide shelter to the deprived children of the streets. The Trust has taken for itself the rehabilitation of the disowned children, for whom the pavements, the bus stands and the railway stations have been their abode until then. The principle of the Trust has been the brain-child of its founder S.K. Suresh. Though his rented residence, located at the Medar Block is just enough for his family of four, he has magnanimously provided shelter for the homeless children numbering over 30.

Meritor HVS (India) Limited, a Company under joint venture between ArvinMeritor Inc., US and the Pune-based Kalyani Group, situated at Hootagalli, has come forward to supplement the Trust's efforts by providing daily vegetables and milk to the orphaned children. As a measure of enhancing the hygiene, the premises even underwent a facelift, thanks to the efforts of the company.


As part of the nation-wide Pulse Polio eradication programme, the same will be launched on Feb. 11 (Sunday) in the district, announced S.Selvakumar, Deputy Commissioner of Mysore.

He told reporters in a press meet that 6,320 volunteers supervised by 316 supervisors will administer the polio drops to a target children's population of 3,04,401 below five years comprising 2,08,722 rural and 95,679 urban children in the district in the second round on Sunday. The polio drops will be administered in 1,580 centres, of which 1,280 are rural and 300 are urban, Selvakumar disclosed. Polio drops will also be administered at Railway Station and Bus stands, he added.

Volunteers will reach even remote locations including dwellings of the tribals, Selvakumar said. First round was held on Jan. 7, 2007 with 99.37 per cent success, he disclosed. A success rate of 100 per cent has been aimed at this time, he added.

In view of the bandh call on Monday, Feb. 12, the programme will be continued from Feb. 13 to 15 to cover the left over children, Selvakumar said. India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan were the only four countries where polio was still prevalent, he said. Last year, 665 cases of polio were reported in India, he said, adding that all the cases were from North Indian States. Thus, South India was totally free from polio, he said. It was necessary to maintain that,
he added.

Dr. P.K. Srinivas, District Health Officer and S. Palaiah, Head Quarters Assistant to Deputy Commissioner were present. Selvakumar has requested all the parents of the beneficiaries to avail themselves of the programme.