Medical Health Services
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has repeatedly emphasised that state-of-the-art healthcare should be available to all people and especially the poor. Bhagavan has set up a chain of super-specialty and general hospitals where the poor can walk in and get the best treatment possible without paying a single rupee irrespective of caste, creed, religion, and financial status in an atmosphere of love and care. Sri Sathya Sai hospitals run by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust provide free medical care to the sick and ailing with the dedication, commitment, love and the best of skills, so that they will be cured in body, mind and spirit.
Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital is another unique free rural outreach health service which was launched by Sri Sathya Sai Baba on March 3, 2006. The service operates from the 1st to 12th day of every month at 12 nodal points (base villages) and each of these serve 6 surrounding villages. Seventy two villages are thus currently being serviced by the Mobile Hospital, although in practice, patients are drawn from nearly 400 villages in the region.
Inspired by Bhagawan’s example of selfless service, many all over the world have been inspired to be of service to their fellowmen. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations, India is conducting free medical camps in areas with lack of access to medical care, educating the people about health and hygiene; these messengers of Bhagawan’s Love are creating a silent revolution. Medical camps are conducted to carry out health promotion, education, minor medical or surgical treatments and preventive healthcare services.
Medical camps are organised on a regular basis in rural areas where patients are given medicines free of cost. Hundreds of thousands of patients are treated for eye ailments and thousands of cataract operations are performed. Free medical dispensaries are being run at various places by various Samithis of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.
Medical teams from Sri Sathya Sai Organisations of various states visit orphanages, old age homes, leprosy homes etc. for medical checkups on a continuous basis. In addition to the general medical camps students of local village schools are given a complete medical examination.
Bhagavans infinite grace and compassion all states started mobile hospital services. Miniature mobile hospitals with most modern diagnostic equipment including Ultra Sonogram, X-ray, E.C.G., Semi Auto Analyser, Haemo Meter, Centrifuge, Auto Clave, Steam Steriliser, Eye-Refraction Equipment, Ophthalmology Scope, Nebuliser, Dental Equipment and Gynaecology Test Kit have been acquired to take health care to the doorsteps of the needy, ill and poor villagers. Offer treatment in General Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Paediatrics, ENT and Orthopaedics etc.
Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospitals, Primary Care will be rendered along with health and hygiene awareness education. With the help of voluntary services rendered by Doctors, Para Medical Staff and Sevadal, the patients who need critical care, secondary and tertiary care will be hospitalised in the affiliated nursing homes to SSSSO in towns and cities and they will be provided the essential medical care with love and compassion.
Mega Medical Camps for the period of 8 to 10 days would be conducted in the selected villages to extend the medical services to remote villages during Swamis Birthday celebrations in all states. General surgeries and cataract operations will be done by bringing the patients to the nearest town.
Blood donation and Blood Grouping camps are organised on a regular basis by major Samithis in Cities where Blood Banks are available. Blood donation by members is a regular activity. Blood grouping activity is organized in many places; there is very impressive response from public and sevadal. Sri Sathya Sai Free Medical Clinics are being run by many Samithis, normally once in a week.
The impact of the Mobile Hospital services has been tremendous. On the curative front, it has given a sense of great security to people living in villages. It is a boon for patients with chronic ailments who can never dream of buying medicines on a continuous basis. The preventive services have created a huge wave of awareness on major health issues, which is slowly getting translated into changing habits, for the better. The spiritual component of the service has strengthened the community bonds and has reminded people that spirituality is the way of life and practicing human values leads to positive health and happiness. The Mobile Hospital is thus acting as a silent vehicle for providing comprehensive healthcare and is also becoming an instrument for dissemination of the ideals of healthcare which Sri Sathya Sai Baba has set for all. It is not only a state-of-the-art rural outreach service but also a state-of-the-heart caring and loving service.
Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Health Care Services covers the following aspects of personnel care also part of the treatment:
A. Creating basic awareness on Preventive medicine
B. Villagers receive 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.
While the sick receive His grace via free medical treatment coupled with love, many others also get a priceless chance to earn Divine Grace – by serving as doctors, nurses, technical officers, and support staff. Sevadal volunteers who do innumerable chores like security duty, keeping the place spotlessly clean, serving food to patients and so on.