February 2012

Woman gives birth to stillborn, Koorgalli residents protest

Residents of Koorgalli staged a protest in front of Cheluvamba Hospital accusing the doctors of negligence after a woman reportedly gave birth to a stillborn male baby.

Mangala, 20, wife of one Vijay, a resident of Koorgalli, was admitted to Cheluvamba Hospital yesterday for delivery.

Manjula was taken to the Labor Ward at 2.30 am in the wee hours of this morning after she complained of labour pain, where she is learnt to have delivered a stillborn baby. But the kith and kin of the woman, who gathered in front of the hospital after learning about the baby's death, staged a protest accusing the doctors of negligence.

Hosiptal Medical Superintendent Dr. Krishnamurthy, Devaraja Inspector Shantamallappa and staff visited the hospital.

Meanwhile, Dr. Krishnamurthy who spoke to SOM, said Mangala's baby had died in the womb itself and there was no question of negligence by the doctors.


In a heart-rending incident, an eight-month pregnant woman died after consuming formalin, a preservative and sterilising agent, mistaking it for water, in Cheluvamba Hospital here on Sunday.

Rajeshwari (19), wife of one Bangarashetty of Kestur in Chamarajanagar district, is the unfortunate woman.

Rajeshwari was admitted to Cheluvamba Hospital on Sunday afternoon after she complained of labour pain. She was reportedly taken to the Labour Ward at about 8.45 pm for preliminary tests. Feeling thirsty, she took a nearby bottle containing formalin mistaking it be water and drank it. Writhing in pain for a while, Rajeshwari died a while later, despite the doctors' best efforts to save her life, it is learnt.


Irated patients of KR Hospital, alleging that the hospital refused free treatment to the poor non-BPL card holders, vented out their fury yesterday, with a group led by one Babu of N.R. Mohalla staging a demonstration infront of the hospital Medical Superintendent's office, demanding free treatment to poor patients.

The KR Hospital authorities who are required to treat the poor freely, are in fact asking for income certificate and BPL cards to do so, they alleged while raising slogans against the hospital doctors and management.

The protestors also entered into a verbal duel with the authorities, which led to tension in the premises for sometime.

Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani, who rushed to the spot, attempted to calm the agitated protestors saying the government order specifies that free treatment should be provided to only those holding BPL card and to those having an annual income of less than Rs. 20,000. This statement infuriated the protestors further.

Devaraja Inspector Shanthamallappa provided tight security.


The newly installed 7 ft x 2.5 ft concrete statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC & RI) Men's hostel, opposite MUDA on JLB Road in city, will be unveiled at 5.30 pm tomorrow by Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas.

The statue has been built at a cost of Rs. 50,000 collected from medical students to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the hostel and 150th birthday celebrations of Swami Vivekananda.

Dr. Geetha Avadhani, Dean, MMC & RI, will preside over the function.

Ramakrishna Ashram President Swami Mukthidanandaji will be the guest of honour and Hostel Warden Dr. C. Rajan will be present.

CAVA student Deepak and his team have sculpted the statue under the guidance of Dr. Rajan and Dr. Shivashankar.

Golden Jubilee

The college hostel, which houses 245 medical students, was inaugurated by former Chief Minister Veerendra Patil on Sept. 1, 1962.

The hostel, which was in a dilapidated condition, has been given a facelift by providing with tiles, granite flooring, solar lights, electrical installations and a green lawn at the entrance with the help of Public Works Department.

The work was mainly due to the efforts of Dr. Rajan, who is set to retire after a prolonged service on Feb. 29.


Dr. C. Rajan, Professor of Medicine, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI), will be retiring on Feb. 29 after serving in the Health and Medical Education Department for 33 years.

Born on Feb. 13, 1952 to late Ambigamal and late Chinnappa at Kolar Gold Fields in Kolar district, Dr. Rajan (MBBS, MD-General Medicine, Mysore) joined service in 1979 at a Primary Health Unit (PHU) in Gendehalli, Hassan district.

After serving for 16 years in rural areas, he served as Senior Specialist / Blood Bank Officer at K.R. Hospital, Mysore (1997-99); as lecturer in medicine at MMC&RI (1999-2005); as Assistant Professor of Medicine (2005-07); as Professor of Medicine at BMC, Banga-lore and also at MMC&RI.

As Blood Bank Officer, he conducted more than 200 camps in and around Mysore and was awarded the Best Blood Bank officer by NACO, Bangalore.

A life member of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr. Rajan served the organisation in various capacities and was the President of IMA, Mysore for four years.

He was instrumental in introducing the 'Doctor Ward' at K.R. Hospital in 1994-95 to benefit the sick doctors at the Hospital.

He also served as the LIC Inspector of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences; MCI Inspector at New Delhi; Student Welfare Officer and as Warden of MMC Students Hostel.

Dr. Rajan has to his credit many awards including the Family Planning Achievement Award and B.C. Roy award.

Youths clean up KR Hospital vicinity

The community service by the Mysore Youth Forum joined by the students of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute has helped clean the precincts of the Krishna Rajendra Hospital. A group of youths including working professionals and students washed the vicinity and painted it as part of their spot-fixing initiative. The initiative is aimed at maintaining hygiene in the vicinity of the hospital so that patients of the government hospital are safer.

Their efforts are fully appreciated by the public, authorities and elected representatives, who are now embarrassed about the work since the group of young brigade has delivered what they could not.

MMCRI dean and KRH medical superintendent Dr Geetha Avadhani told TOI: "It's a gesture of goodwill and these volunteers have set an example to others. When I was crossing the junction on Sunday I saw some people cleaning the premises. I thought civic authorities were at work but I was wrong." The dean, however, said it is the civic body's responsibility to keep the surroundings clean, but students have now shown the way.

Moreover, it was a surprise for deputy mayor M J Ravikumar when he noticed a group of youths at work in his ward (No: 35) on Sunday morning. He stood to attention and saluted the students. Ravikumar said their work is really appreciable. However, he reasoned that he had cleaned up the place twice but people who lack civic sense have spoiled it.

MYF member Nitin Ningaiah said they were approached by an employee Wahab Shariff, who had learnt about their spot-fixing work at the Mission Hospital on Republic Day and also a member of their forum Vaishanavi Patil, a student of MMCRI, had brought it to their notice. Subsequently, the forum decided to clean the K R Hospital vicinity for a safer environment for patients, after a meeting.

They said passers-by and bus travellers used to use a corner of the junction to urinate because the place was not well-maintained. Pedestrians, especially women, felt ill at ease in the area. A few weeks ago, the forum had achieved its first successful spot-fixing near the Mission hospital and this is its second project to create awareness about hygiene.

The MYF team included students - Vaishnavi Patil (MMCRI), Pavan Abhinandan (TTL), Nihal and Chandrika (NIE), Varun (MIT), Namrata (GSSS) and working professionals Keerti Rao, Chinmayi, Soundary, Manju, Karan, Nitin and Kunal Gauraw. They took three hours to clean up the spot beginning 6.30am. Now, students have decided to put up hoardings appealing to the public not to spoil the place again.

Wahab Shariff, who supported the students in their project, said he passes the area every day on his way to work and was feeling bad about the dirty place. It's in the heart of the city. There are many landmarks and many tourists including foreign nationals were passing by this area too. He was pained over it. Today, the students showed others the way to go and their work has put elected representatives including district in-charge minister and officials to shame.

I'm glad because I feel I am doing my bit to society through the forum. My knowledge about painting has come in handy and in creating awareness on keeping the surroundings clean.

The place used to stink and even patients used to feel very uncomfortable. Moreover, it embarrassed women to see people urinating there. I use the stretch regularly. This is my first experience and I have now learnt how to paint too, thanks to the team. I want people to look at society as home and keep the public places clean.

My parents have encouraged me a lot on this score. The condition of the place was pathetic, but we have changed it. I request the public to maintain hygiene and urge youths to take up similar projects for a cause like this

Ahead of examinations, memory pills fly off chemists' shelves

With exams round the corner, memory-enhancing drugs are flying off the counters at pharmacies in the city.

With students trying every trick in the book to recollect what they have learnt , sale of memory pills, which are easily available, have increased. Though doctors say it doesn't help much and insist on hard work, students prefer to bank on these pills.

Pharmacies are selling these pills, which are also available in their ayurvedic, allopathic and homeopathic forms. According to chemists, parents and students are purchasing these medicines. They say the sale of memory-enhancing medicines go up especially during exams. February witnesses the sale spiralling by another 30 per cent. However, physicians and psychiatrist claim none of these medicines can improve memory.

Chemists say there are certain ayurvedic medicines available in the market that promise better memory power with no side effects. These are very popular among students. He said if these medicines are used for longer duration then there are chances of improving memory skills, but if taken for shorter term, then one shouldn't expect much.

Psychiatrists say that none of the medicines can improve the 'grasping power' of an individual. Dr Raveesh, head, psychiatrist department, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, said, "The memory of a child can only be improved if they follow a specific study chart and revise the subjects regularly. Instead of having a biological affect, these pills have a psychological impact on the students that the medicine can do wonders for them."

"There is a need to create awareness that no such miracle can happen within a month. Only hard work can help," he pointed out. "Everyone wants quick results. But one thing is sure -- there is no alternative to hard work. Therefore, instead of going for such an option, parents should take their child to an expert (mental health professionals like a psychologist or psychiatrist) and get the issue sorted out."

"Students who haven't prepared from the beginning will definitely feel the stress," adds Raveesh. He called upon students to follow a regularity in their routine, for instance, getting proper sleep and eating on time.

Dr Madwesh, additional chief medical superintendent, Railway Hospital, said, "Drugs will not serve the purpose. There is no major side effect though." Students should put in more effort rather than going for short-cut methods, he said.

Dr Boralingaiah takes charge as SP of Udupi district

M.B. Boralingaiah took charge as the Superintendent of Police of Udupi district from the Additional Superintendent of Police M.V. Venkateshappa at the District Police Office here on Friday.

An IPS officer of 2008 batch, Dr. Boralingaiah hails from Mallanayakahalli village in Maddur taluk of Mandya district.

He completed his MBBS at the Mysore Medical College in 2004. He was successful in his third attempt in clearing the civil services examinations.

Besides receiving training at Hyderabad and then at Gulbarga, Dr. Boralingaiah served as an Assistant Superintendent of Police at Tiptur in Tumkur district for one-and-a-half-years before being promoted and posted as Superintendent of Police of Udupi district.

Dr. Boralingaiah told presspersons after taking charge that he would do his best to control moral policing in the district.

“I am yet to study all the issues and problems of the district. Maintenance of law and order was our priority. I will try to control small communal incidents and naxal-related activities. The immediate priority would be to handle the forthcoming (yet to be announced) Lok Sabha by-poll to the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency,” he said.

To a question, 33-year-old Dr. Boralingaiah said that he was interested in public service, besides doing super-specialisation in medical course would take six years, hence he decided to take up Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations.

His subjects for the mains in the UPSC were Geography and Zoology, he said.

Keywords: civil services examinations, UPSC, Superintendent of Police