Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital

Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital is a novel outreach programme that was started in April 2006. The hospital has the noble mission of taking healthcare to the rural doorstep. Every month, for twelve days, the mobile clinic with its team of doctors visits a village every day, offering diagnostic services and even performing minor surgeries and dental procedures. Where, urgent medical attention is necessary, the patients are referred to local Sri Sathya Sai hospitals for further treatment.

In many parts of rural India, healthcare is still woefully inadequate as is awareness of the basic principles of health and hygiene. Village folk fall prey to many diseases as a result. Many neglect their health problems since they subsist on daily wages and a day’s earnings would have to be foregone in trekking to and from a far off hospital. Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital is thus a blessing on wheels for those in the villages around Prasanthi Nilayam.

The hospital, a Siemens Sanjeevani, is equipped with diagnostic services including, X-ray, ECG, Ultrasound and Pathology. Offering their services free and in a humanitarian spirit  each month  is a team of 30 doctors, taken from a panel of 600 doctors ranging from professors to junior physicians and including private practitioners. The emphasis is on holistic healing over and above therapeutics.

The hospital offers medical services in the following departments:

  • General Medicine
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dental medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Dermatology

In addition to the general medical camps students of local village schools are given a complete medical examination.
The Mobile Hospital camps have two other aspects that embody Bhagawan’s philosophy of healthcare:

  • Creating basic awareness on Preventive medicine
Villagers recieve talks, demonstrations and video shows on basic health and hygiene covering food habits, personal hygiene and cleanliness of surroundings. They are also educated on the ill effects of vices such as drinking, smoking and chewing tobacco .

Water in rural Andhra Pradesh is very high in fluorides (2 to 4 ppm against the permissible level of 1.5 ppm) which causes Fluorosis, a crippling and painful disease affecting teeth and bones. Villagers are taught a simple method of reducing fluoride content using Alum to make their drinking water safe.

  • Emphasizing the importance of Spirituality in holistic health

The medical community is increasingly becoming aware of the link between spirituality and healing. Villagers are taught to spiritualize their lives since this will not only keep them away from vices but will also bring harmony to their homes and community.

Statistics for the period March 2006 to September 2013

Total No. of Beneficiaries
Diagnostics
Other Significant Statistics
Male 200,449
Female 349,615
Children 88,752
Total 638,816
X-ray 21,552 Films
Ultrasonogram 25,403 Scans
ECG 5,749
Pathalogy Investigations 83,503
Bio-Chemistry Investigations 129,697
Male
31%
Female
55%
Children

14%

Number of Villages Served: About 600 each month

 Population Covered by the service: About 5,00,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
© Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust 2012