March 2007


A combination of health tips and music literally provided a musical therapy to the audience at Kalamandira this morning, where doctors of city rendered songs of yesteryears and also provided answers to queries on health matters.

The programme Radio Karanji sponsored by SBI Life was organised under the joint auspices of AIR Mysore and Kannada and Culture Department.

Neuro-surgeon Dr. M.S. Bhaskar, ENT Specialist Dr. M.S. Natashekar, Pathologist Dr. A.L. Hemalatha and Dermatologist Dr. P.A. Kushalappa participated.

The two-hour programme which began at 9.30 am featured 15 songs from Kannada and Hindi movies. The programme was compered by Rajalakshmi Sreedhar and S. Subramanya and was broadcast live on the AIR Mysore FM channel. Over 300 rasikas at the auditorium were feasted to the lilting oldies.

The programme began appropriately with a song on Ugadi penned by poet S.V. Parameshwar Bhat and sung by G. Pushpalatha.

The health queries began with Rajalakshmi Sreedhar asking Dr. Bhaskar, "Vehicle density is increasing so also head injuries with people not obeying traffic signals. How to treat a head injury immediately and its types?" Dr. Bhaskar replied, "Head injury can be superficial on the skin or could be on the bone. The former is simple and if bleeding is arrested there is nothing to worry.
However, injury to the bone is more serious. The injured person may lose consciousness repeatedly. Water should never be given in such cases and the patient should be rushed to the hospital in a horizontal position".

To a query on pimples, Dr. Kushalappa said, "It appears commonly among adolescents in the age group of 12 to 24 years owing to hormone variations. Pimples should never be plucked. Face should be washed with soap at least thrice a day and oily food avoided. If it is alarming, medication may be needed."

Dr. Hemalatha began the programme with the title song from Sathyam Shivam Sundaram followed by the duet from Puttanna Kanagal's Bellimoda with Dr. Natashekar. The audience could not resist humming, when Dr. Kushalappa sang Bare bare chandada chaluvina thare from Nagarahavu.


A day-long regional workshop on issues related to trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation and medical examination of sexually abused victi-mes, for medical officers, organised under the joint auspices of UNICEF and Indian Medical Association (IMA) began this morning at Hotel Sandesh The Prince.

Speaking after inaugurating the workshop, Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Prof. J. Shashidhara Prasad opined that poverty is one of the main reason behind sexual exploitation of children. Awareness should dawn on the parents and teachers too should be dealt sternly if they are involved. A cell was constituted in the Mysore University to register sexual harassment of women. Only two to three per cent of the cases involving sexual abuse of children are probed under law. Doctors too should take a tough stand and reveal the truth during medical examination of victims, he suggested.

JSS Mahavidyapeetha Executive Secretary B.N. Betkerur observed that India is still not shinning as projected. Unless poverty and the associated problems like child abuse are prevented, the country cannot progress. Doctors should be impartial and uphold social justice, he advised.

Over 50 medical officers are participating in the workshop. IMA Hon. Joint Secretary Dr. Dharam Prakash, IMA HQS Secretary General Dr. S.N. Mishra, Professor and Head, Department of Surgery, JSS Medical College and Hon. Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute, New Delhi Dr. S.B. Vasanth Kumar, are participating in the workshop.

Autonomy row: Interviews likely to be cancelled

The Mysore Medical College authorities are in a fix following the Governor's decision to stay the autonomy granted to the institution. In order to escape the dere-cognition by Medical Council of India (MCI), the College had fixed interviews tomorrow to fill 55 vacancies in teaching faculty.
"The interviews are likely to be cancelled", said Dr. D. Venkatesh, Principal of MMC.

K.R. Hospital Superintendent Dr. B.D. Satyanarayana told Star of Mysore that the MCI had asked the MMC to fill the 33 per cent vacant posts to continue recognition.
"MMC is in danger of losing recognition if it fails to obey MCI's orders within the deadline", he added. Meanwhile, Dr. Venkatesh is leaving for Bangalore today to discuss the matter with the Director of Medical Education.


Karnataka Governor T.N. Chaturvedi has issued an order staying the grant of autonomy to Mysore Medical College, Bangalore Medical College and Dental Colleges in the State. The Governor's action follows a complaint by the Central Committee of the Karnataka State Health and Family Welfare Services and Medical Education Department employees.

Colleges which have already been granted autonomy are reported to be vexed by many problems. Even as those problems have not been resolved, why grant autonomy to the medical and dental colleges, they have questioned.

Further, the stipulations laid down by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in matters of recruitment of faculty, promotions and also management are not being adhered to in the autonomous colleges, they said. The outfits of employees had submitted a memorandum to the Governor under the leadership of their President Dr. Shashidhara Buggi.

Governor seeks report on autonomy issue

Following protests by government doctors, nurses and other staff against granting autonomy to Bangalore Medical College, Mysore Medical College and the Government Dental College, the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, has asked the State Government to put on hold its decision to grant autonomous status to these colleges.

In a letter of March 13 to Minister for Medical Education V.S. Acharya, Mr. Chaturvedi has said that pending fuller examination, the decision "may better be kept in suspended animation."
Doctors, nurses and paramedical staff working in government hospitals throughout the State have come together under the banner of Karnataka State Health and Family Welfare Services and Medical Education Employees' Central Association and have been urging the Government to defer its decision to grant autonomy to these colleges for a couple of months.

Mr. Chaturvedi said: "I have received a representation from the Karnataka State Health and Family Welfare Services and Medical Education Employees' Central Association regarding grant of autonomous status to Bangalore Medical College, Mysore Medical College and Government Dental College with its nine attached hospitals."

He said as Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences he was concerned about the issues raised and sought a factual position report in the matter.


A houseful audience in Kalamandira here last evening experienced city doctors' healing touch without the rigours of painful tests and costly drugs — the doctors cast a magic spell on their listeners even as they sang soulfully in the exclusive annual programme Geeth Gaatha Chal.

The singers of the medical fraternity of Mysore, among whom the names of Dr. A.L. Hemalatha, Dr. M.S. Natashekar and Dr. P.A. Kushalappa have been known to be star performers, rendered lilting lyrics from old movies keeping the audience, largely made up of doctors and their families, spell bound for more than three-and-half-hours of the evening.

The listeners went into raptures on being treated to the rendering of that highly enduring lyric Amara Madhura Prema, nee baa bega chandamama... from the movie Ratnagiri Rahasya by Dr. Hemalatha.

Dr. M.S. Natashekar, the ENT specialist, took his listeners to the period of nearly fifty years ago when he sang the Hindi lyric Suh-aana safar aur mousam haseen... from the movie Madhumathi.

Dermatologist at JSS Hospital, Dr. P.A. Kushalappa sang the lyric Pal pal.. dil ke paas drawing thunderous applause from the audience. The doctors rendered the old film lyrics of famed music directors that have not diminished in their appeal to the listeners even after decades, enriched by their melodious voice creating a lasting impact.

No less impressive than the seasoned doctor-singers was Sparsha Shenoy, daughter of Dr. U.G. Shenoy, with her rendering of the lyric Kitanaa pyaara vaada hai himmatwali ankhoka.
Dr. Hemalatha cast a magical spell on her listeners even as she rendered the lyric Hum pyar mein jal newalonko, sung for the movie by the famed playBack singer Lata Mangeshkar with the legendary music director Madan Mohan. The audience reached dizzy heights of happiness on listening to the lyrics Jawani jaane man Haseena dil jawan and Tere mere Milan, Geeth Gaatha Chal. Dr. M.S. Natashekhar rendered the lyric Olavina... Priyalathe Avalade Chinte... Avale Maathe... Madhura Geethe... Avale Nanna Devathe originally sung by Dr. P.B. Srinivas with melody that triggered highly appreciative applause from the audience.

Young talents Apoorva Natashekhar, Preethi Prabhu, Sparsha Shenoy, Radhika Vishweshwara and Puja Prabhu too earned the approbation from the audience by their rendering of songs.
Doctors of the city and their families made the evening a great change from their hospital routine. The event was sponsored by industrialist M. Jagannath Shenoy. Police Commissioner Praveen Sood was the chief guest. Dr. C. Umesh Kamath, Medical Superintendent, Kamakshi Hospital and Dr. M.S. Vishweswara, who were in charge of organising the event, also took active part in the Geeth Gaatha Chal event and welcomed the audience.

Deputy Superintendent of Police J.B. Rangaswamy of Karnataka Police Academy and Syed Aftab Ahmed compered. Dr. C.G. Narasimhan, surgeon and Dr. Gururaja Rao, were felicitated on the occasion in recognition of their yeoman services in the medical profession. Among the audience were Dr. S. Bhaskar, Dr. Raghotham Rao, Dr. K.R. Kamath, Dr. C.D. Sreenivasamurthy, Dr. S.B. Vikram, Dr. D. Venkatesh and others.


More than 1,000 doctors, medicos, nurses, nursing students and other paramedics marched on the main thoroughfares of the city this morning to register their protest against the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal's verdict.

They demanded the immediate intervention by the Prime Minister and the President of India to resolve the tangle and secure justice for the farmers of Karnataka.

The marchers, all wearing their professional white coat, staged the stir under the auspices of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Mysore Branch, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) Doctors Association, Government Medical College Teachers Association, Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Department Employees Associations Federation, Nurses Association, Paramedical Staff and Students Association, MMC Alumni Association, Mysore Ayurvedic College Teachers Association, Junior Doctors Association, members of Gopala Gowda Shantaveri Memorial Hospital Trust, Representatives of Basappa Memorial Hospital and Holdsworth Memorial Hospital.

The protestors began their march from the MMCRI premises and reached the office of Deputy Commissioner via Irwin Road, Ashoka Road, Old Statue Square, KR Circle, Devaraj Urs Road where they submitted their memorandum, which was received by S. Palaiah, Head Quarters Assistant to the DC.

They carried banners and placards and formed a human chain around KR Circle for some time.
President of Indian Medical Association, Mysore Branch, Dr. C. Rajan, Vice-President Dr. Mohamad Ghouse and Secretary Dr. M.S. Kempegowda led the march.

Freedom fighters Seetharama Iyengar, ex-MLA Vedanta Hemmige and Kempegowda joined the members of Cauvery Horata Kriya Samithi staging dharna at KR Circle on the 29th day today.
Mysore City Local Lorry Owners Association members came in about 60 lorries from the truck terminal at Harischandra Road carrying nearly 500 daily wagers including cleaners, loaders and others to K.R. Circle via Hardinge Circle, Old Statue Square and drove the vehicles around the Circle before proceeding to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, where they submitted a memorandum.

The protestors were led by President B. Kodandaram, Secretary M.P. Nagaraj, Anwar, Bhyrappa and others.


The State Government has decided to shift the offices of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to Ramnagar, the Assembly constituency represented by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. The project of creating a 'Health City' has also been launched.

Speaking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Basavaraj Horatti, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education disclosed that land measuring 300 acres had been identified and approval in principal had been given to start a new medical and a dental college there.

The cost of the project would be Rs. 310.67 crore, he added.

Pharmacy and Nursing College would also be started, he disclosed and added that a hospital with 500 beds capacity would be constructed.