|Secondary Health Care|
Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital at Prasanthi Nilayam and Sri Sathya
Sai Hospital at Whitefield, Bangalore renders free medical aid to the
poor rural population. These Hospitals have made steady progress and
blossomed as institutions offering a high quality service to the helpless
villagers. These hospitals now offer up to date facilities. The dedicated
and selfless service of the resident doctors and doctors who visit the
hospitals from time to time have resulted in the phenomenal growth of
Majority of the patients, who come for treatment to the General Hospitals and Super-specialty Hospital, are from socially and economically weaker sections of society.
Mother Easwaramma had expressed her desire that there should be a hospital for all the poor people of Puttaparthi. Bhagawan had promised her that it would be done at the proper time. Accordingly, in 1956 Puttaparthi was blessed with its first hospital. What started as a small two-bed hospital has blossomed over the years to a full-fledged 100-bed hospital.
Under the benign guidance of Bhagawan another hospital was opened at Whitefield, Bangalore. Being on the outskirts of a fast expanding city meant that the hospital had to grow at a great speed.
Today that hospital too has become large enough to handle more than 1000 patients daily.
Both hospitals today have Specialty units.
The various departments in the General Hospitals are:
SRI SATHYA SAI GENERAL HOSPITAL, PRASANTHI NILAYAM
There are two hospitals run by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust: one at Prasanthi Nilayam and another at Whitefield, Bangalore
The foundation of the Prasanthi Nilayam hospital was laid thirty years
ago on 23rd November 1954 and the hospital was inaugurated on 4th October
1956. Many devotees toiled to help build the hospital by carrying stones,
bricks, cement and other articles on top of a small hill on which it
was constructed. From the hospital, one could get a bird's eye- view
of the river Chitravathi with the hills in the background.
The hospital initially had twelve beds, six of them for confinements,
according to the needs of the time. The hospital catered mainly to the
villagers and the devotees. Swami appointed the doctors and the para-medical
staff. They worked voluntarily without any remuneration.
The hospital seems to increase faith, to demonstrate divinity and to remove doubt. It is Faith that matters and which cures. The patients who come here benefit by the spiritual vibrations that fill the air in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Treatment both for indoor and outdoor patients is free. Medicines, injections, operations and deliveries are also free. During festivals like Dasara, Sivaratri and Swami's Birthday, special Medical Camps are organized to cater to the needs of the large number of devotees. Doctors attending the festivals at Prasanthi Nilayam are allowed to participate in the camps on a voluntary basis.
NEW HOSPITAL AT PUTTAPARTHI FOR POOR VILLAGERS
This hamlet of Puttaparthi had a population of barely 800. To conceive of a University for such a village was a fantastic dream. Another amazing phenomenon is the construction of an aerodrome near such a village, when there are no aerodromes even at district headquarters. Puttaparthi has become the cynosure of all eyes in the world. The need was felt for the construction of a new hospital building, equipped with all medical facilities.
The foundation of the new hospital building was laid on 23rd November 1982 and the hospital was inaugurated on Sivaratri Day 29th February 1984. The hospital has arrangements for one hundred beds with an air-conditioned fully equipped operation theatre, blood bank, laboratory, intensive care unit, x-ray and an eye and dental unit. Well-qualified medical and paramedical staff has been recruited to man the various branches of the hospital
For achieving anything in the world, a sound body is essential. The
body is the primary requisite for the pursuit of Dharma (righteousness).
The body has to be in good health. Even for the realization of the four
goals of human life-Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha sound health is essential.
Having regard to the basic importance of health for all purposes, Swami
had launched such medical institutions.
SRI SATHYA SAI HOSPITAL AT WHITEFIELD
The Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Whitefield is a general hospital providing a diverse array of medical services to the people of the surrounding areas. Totally free of charge like all other projects, it provides consultation to outpatients in a number of areas varying from orthopedics, ophthalmology, dentistry, cardiology and pediatrics among others. It also has sixty beds for in-patients.