Fourth year of Bal Shalyakriya Mission week underway at KMC Hospital

MANGALURU: Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh on Monday inaugurated the fourth year of Bal Shalyakriya Mission week. Kasturba Medical College Hospital Attavar as part of its social initiative has partnered Peedh Parai International, Houston and Bantwal Ananth Mallya Charitable Trust for an advanced paediatric surgical program whereby children up to 16 years of age will be treated free of cost this week at KMC Hospital Attavar.

KMC Hospital has taken a good initiative under the mission for through this it reaches poor children not only from Dakshina Kannada district but also from nearby districts and states, she said. These children with untreated complicated surgical conditions requiring very high surgical expertise benefit from team of experienced doctors from different parts of the world. Serving children is noble mission and these initiatives should be widely publicised.

Noting that this will help the needy children from all parts of Karnataka as well as anywhere in India benefit from such social initiatives, the DC urged KMC Hospital to continue such initiatives in future. Exhorting the need for other private healthcare institutions too join hands with public health system in reaching out to the needy, DC said such partnerships will help the nation tackle emergent health crises and provide quality health care.

Dr Ashwin Pimpalwar, founder chairman, Peedh Parai International and paediatric surgeon from Houston, USA said that this is the 4th year of mission in Karnataka and around 145 children have undergone free surgery in last 3 years. This has been voluntary contribution by team Peedh Parai and Bantwal Ananth Mallya Charitable Trust who consist of like-minded doctors, expert clinicians and executives with an objective to help poor and needy.

Dr H S Ballal, pro-chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) who presided over the program stated that in a country like India, a public private partnership is the best model to ensure quality healthcare reaches all sections of society and this has been initiated in Dakshina Kannada district by Manipal group six decades ago. These types of social initiatives are in continuity to the vision of our Founder Dr TMA Pai, he said.

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