The Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Centre seeks to eliminate the imbalance between the affordability and availability of specialised healthcare treatments
02 January 2024, Bangalore: Honourable Minister of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism – Sri H K Patil inaugurated the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Centre at Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka. The Centre includes a dedicated cardiac OT, ICU and heart-lung machine and proves to be a boon to the residents of this District and the surrounding regions. It is the only Centre to provide free super-speciality treatment for the rural in this District, who otherwise would have to travel 70 kilometres in search of it.
The Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital under the Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (SMSIMSR) is all set to provide healthcare services including Cath interventions (Angiogram and balloon angioplasty, stent placements, correction of CHD in children) and heart and chest surgeries (open heart by-pass surgery, beating heart procedures, valve replacements, and CHD surgeries for children) totally free of cost without any distinction based on caste, creed, religion or faith. The highly qualified and experienced surgical team will render medical services at par with the best centres in the world, keeping competence alongside compassion as the guiding vision for all its endeavours. The Hospital will not only cater to diagnosis and surgical corrections of the cardiac conditions but soon going to be the world-class centre of academic surgical excellence and research and a homograft bank. ‘Gift of Life’ is a ceremony which was instituted by Sri Madhusudan Sai across all his hospitals, where those who are saved through surgeries are celebrated. Five-year-old Muhammad who wasn’t able to run or play underwent a patent ductus arteriosus device closure, and seventeen-year-old Akash K A underwent a closure of atrial septal defect at the hospital received ‘Gift of Life’ certificates through the Hon’ble Minister. Both the children are living the new lease of life provided by the Hospital.
The Founder of SMSIMSR – Sri Madhusudan Sai said, “This Centre is a gift given to the people of the Chikkaballapur District on this New Year in the spirit of One World One Family – vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam, because they deserve good healthcare despite of the affordability criterion. Specialists from far and wide have joined this mission of providing free healthcare to people and thus, this is nothing short of a miracle. Today, a new chapter has begun with the inauguration of this Centre and it is possible due to collaborative efforts from Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, the Government support and an organisation like us. In Karnataka, 36% of young adults in their 40 to 60 years of age, die from coronary artery disease. Losses due to premature deaths at young age, related to heart disease, stroke and diabetes are also projected to increase over the years. Therefore, it is essential to provide start-of-the-art super speciality healthcare facilities especially in rural India to reduce the burden of heart diseases in India.”
“The Hospital has been a life-giver to thousands, especially the infants admitted, by maintaining the child mortality rate to less than 0.5 per cent in the last year. The CTVS Centre is a collective effort of the dedicated medical staff, support of the community, and the generosity of the like-minded noble individuals from across the globe”, said Dr A R Raghupathi – Director of Medical Education, SMSIMSR.
Dr Anand Agarwal – Head of Department, CTVS Centre, “First ninety minutes after the heart attack is extremely crucial and therefore called as the golden hour. Treating the heart attack in within this timeframe with primary PTCA or medication can help salvage the heart. The Centre will be open 24/7 for all the cardiac emergencies treating coronary artery disease, and rheumatic and congenital heart disease.”
“The Hospital infrastructure and services, made available to people who cannot afford them, are no less than that of the Western world. The Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences is a role model to all healthcare institutions out there, to serve with compassion and kindness. This Institution has given more importance on the culture of kindness, which is the need of the hour”, remarked Hon’ble Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism – Mr H K Patil.