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Old February 19th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #41
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Here’s healthcare activism

What do you get when you put together five top-of-the-line surgeons together in Coimbatore?

A super speciality hospital, you say. Well, that's not the case with this bunch of doctors. These five surgeons, who've been part of hospitals abroad, have decided to take a socially responsible route towards their practice, by providing health solutions to the grassroot level.
This team of five, comprising a paediatric surgeon, a spinal surgeon, a neurosurgeon, cosmetic surgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon, with able assistance from an anaesthetist, have come together to extend preventive healthcare treatment to remote villages in and around the city, at minimal cost. "I have studied in the UK and done my fellowship in Australia and New Zealand, and after coming back to the city, decided to extend the best preventive healthcare to those who are most deprived of it, the rural poor," says Dr S Karthik, an orthopaedic surgeon.

Dr Karthik joined this mission to setup medical camps and provide free treatment for the rural folk.

However, it is the urban people who are more in need of treatment, he points out. "The amount of lifestyle diseases among the urban youngsters is increasing, with more cases of childhood obesity mainly due to sedentary lifestyles and junk food," he says.

Dr Karthik is especially proud of the fact that the villages they have adopted to give free or nominal medical treatment, have met with very healthy responses. While there is increased awareness about potentially fatal diseases among the public, many still don't take the basic precautions to avoid injuries.

"While we can't stress enough on the need for people riding two-wheelers to wear a helmet to avoid any kind of fatal head injuries, the public still tends to take chances, and we educate people in smaller groups in the camps about the importance of wearing helmets, to ensure they take those safety measures to avoid fatal head injuries," neurosurgeon Dr Bala Senthil Kumaran says.

Since the cost of any form of major surgery is often very high, treatment costs are waived off up to 60 percent. "I give inexpensive and even free treatment to the best extent possible, only charging for medicines and the basic cost of treatment if the cost goes too high," Dr Kumaran says.

These doctors are also looking to extend their awareness mission to schools, where stress levels are at an all-time high.

"I have received a number of burn and suicide cases of school children in the last five years in the city, and we are planning to have awareness sessions for parents and teachers, to reduce psychological stress and the fear of failure among school children, so they don't think of taking drastic measures," says Dr R P Dharmendra, a paediatric surgeon.
While they are doing their bit to provide quality healthcare in the most remote areas, sponsors continue to elude the team.

However, these doctors are undeterred in their mission to educate the rural masses.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 03:13 AM   #42
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Isha Foundation, Apollo Hospital launch telemedicine centre

COIMBATORE: To reach out to poor people in the rural areas to provide immediate medical solutions, Isha Foundation in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals inaugurated its first telemedicine centre in Isha Rural Health Clinic at Alandurai village in Coimbatore on Sunday.

Coimbatore collector M Karunagaran inaugurated the facility at the clinic in the presence of Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo hospitals and Jaggi Vasudev, founder of Isha foundations.

"With the increasing population in the village and the rise in health problems, people require a good health care facility," Jaggi Vasudev said. The clinic which has been serving the people for some years will help connect the best doctors and surgeons in distant locations with visiting patients through telemedicine, he said. The plan is to start 25 such clinics in rural areas, he informed. While Allopathy has brought great relief to patients, he said the role of traditional medicine should not be forgotten.

He said that the Isha foundation will be opening a 30-bed Isha Arogya hospital that would have Siddha, Ayurveda, Naturapathy, Yoga, and other traditional medicine methods to treat patients, along with Allopathy.

Professor Ganapathy, consultant neurosurgeon and director of Telemedicine, Apollo Hospital, said that people can utilise the facility from 9am to 5pm. Initially it will be operated from Monday to Saturday but in the future the facility will be open 24 hours. The facilities are free of cost, allowing patients to seek immediate care in case of an emergency or otherwise.

Patients can receive specialist consultation for diseases including diabetes, heart diseases, neurological diseases, respiratory diseases, gastritis, knee injuries and disorders, kidney and urological and paediatric diseases.

At least 70 to 80 patients visit the clinic from various villages, said Ma Induba, in-charge of the clinic. The clinic serves 30 villages and the facility is a breakthrough effort to reach out to rural folk to resolve their health problems, she said.

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Old February 20th, 2012, 05:57 AM   #43
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Isha Foundation in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals inaugurated its first telemedicine centre in Isha Rural Health Clinic at Alandurai village in Coimbatore

Isha Foundation in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals inaugurated its first telemedicine centre in Isha Rural Health Clinic at Alandurai village in Coimbatore
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World queues up to learn ayurveda in Coimbatore

World queues up to learn ayurveda in Coimbatore

COIMBATORE: For the last few weeks, Cinzia Catalfamo Akbaraly has been learning about and researching the different herbs used in ayurveda. The founder and president of Madagascar's Akbaraly Foundation is hoping to take ayurveda to the Indian Ocean island nation.

"I am exploring the possibility of this traditional Indian system being a viable alternative to modern expensive medicines. People there use herbal medicines. ayurveda will not be an alien concept to them," says Akbaraly, who has been studying ayurveda at Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP) in R S Puram in the city.

Like her, a number of foreigners are coming to Coimbatore to do short-term courses in ayurveda and take the system back to their country. Most of them come to know about ayurveda after reading about it or visiting centres in their countries, and see the scope for a career in the field.

Holger Sehramm from Hawaii in the US says he is thinking of setting up a centre in his hometown once he completes his course here. He is doing a three-month course at AVP. "Many Americans and Japanese come to Hawaii to learn yoga. I learnt yoga there for 10 years but wanted to deepen my knowledge and get an introduction to ayurveda," he says.

An introduction is what these students get during the courses that run from three to 12 months. "In the given period, we may not be able to teach ayurveda in a comprehensive manner, but we are able to educate them and generate an interest," says Dr A Rajendra Prasad, assistant director, AVP. "Many of them return to learn more."

Though they get students from across the world, most are from the US, UK, South America and, more recently, Latvia. They also run an ayurveda college that trains people to be fully qualified ayurveda doctors.

Though many countries' laws may not allow doctors to practice ayurveda, a number of dieticians and nutritionists incorporate ayurvedic practices into their prescriptions. "ayurveda helps allopathic doctors see another perspective in treating patients.

For instance, a western doctor who thinks of conducting a knee replacement surgery may reflect on other options," he says giving the example of Simone Hunziker, a doctor from Switzerland, who came to the centre to learn about ayurveda. "He is now the president of the Swiss ayurveda Medical Academy (SAMA)," Prasad says.

Dr U Indulal, deputy director at AVP, says most students have already done courses in other countries. "They come here when those centres are unable to help them further," he says.

That's the reason why Deema Koval has come to Coimbatore all the way from Ukraine to learn ayurveda. "I went to some training centres there, but they what they taught seemed confusing and contradictory. So, I came to India to five years back to learn more about the subject," says Koval who plans to make a career of it.

Oliver Mulliez who was working in the hospitality industry now wants to start a yoga and ayurveda centre in Paris. He heard about yoga from his wife. "But my wife is a bad teacher," he smiles. "I am doing a six-month course here," he says.

Dorian Millich, an architect from Brussels, who is learning ayurveda for eight months, says yoga helped him overcome depression. "Since yoga helped me so much, I wanted to learn more about Indian systems and spread the good I received," he says.

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ESIC medical college to be opened soon

ESIC medical college to be opened soon

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical college here is expected to start functioning in the coming academic year.

Its Coimbatore Director S. Vasudevan told The Hindu on Wednesday that 90 per cent of the works were over for the college, which is coming up on the premises of the 500-bed ESI Hospital here. The college would have 100 undergraduate seats.

The ESI had opened seven colleges in other States. Works started here in 2009 and the amount spent so far was Rs. 468 crore.

The ESI had also acquired land at a cost of Rs. 12 crore for the construction of a 100-bed modern hospital at Tirupur. It would be completed in two years, he said.

The ESI had about four lakh people insured in this region, including Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, and the Nilgiris districts.

So far, 65 per cent of them were enrolled for the biometric smart card under Project Panchdeep.

The project aimed at computerisation of all the activities of the ESIC. All workers in the organised sector earning less than Rs. 15,000 a month were eligible for the ESI scheme. Mr. Vasudevan spoke on the ESI schemes at a meeting organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, here on Wednesday.

To have 100 undergraduate seats

ESI has seven colleges in other states

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Healthcare hub mulls air ambulance

Healthcare hub mulls air ambulance

In early February this year, Palanivel Natarajan, a worker in an ice factory in Iraq landed in Coimbatore for a surgery in the abdomen that was cut open in an attack in that country. While the surgery to put in place the disorganised internal organs grabbed immediate attention, there was something else that remained in the back of everyone's mind: how he reached Coimbatore. He was brought by an air ambulance from Dubai after a couple of surgeries were not successful enough to close his abdomen.

More than a year ago, a printing unit employee in Madurai was rushed to Coimbatore by road along with his severed hand for a re-attachment surgery. The patient and his colleagues and family members took the risk of a lifetime by speeding towards Coimbatore so that they were at the hospital within the six-hour time limit to keep the limb re-attachment chances alive.

There are many examples of the second case, and quite regularly. Emergency cases from neighbouring districts such as Erode, Tirupur, the Nilgiris and even Palakkad in Kerala are rushed to multi-speciality and niche speciality (orthopaedics/plastic surgery) hospitals here. Therefore, Coimbatore looks to have the facility that had played a life-saving role for Mr. Natarajan: the air ambulance.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore and the hospitals in the city are discussing the possibility of establishing a helipad exclusively for air ambulances, in addition to using the one in the Coimbatore Airport.

The air ambulance is part of a larger plan to have a consortium of Coimbatore hospitals to create a healthcare city between Avanashi and Coimbatore.


Chamber of Commerce President M. Krishnan says: “What we are looking at is not air ambulance within the city. We are aware that this is not possible. But, emergency cases from other districts can be airlifted to Coimbatore. They could be taken from the helipad to the hospitals by road in the ambulances. This is the broad objective. The specifics will have to be worked out. But, we will first need to have land earmarked for the helipad,” he says.

Consortium project co-ordinator and Director of Ganga Hospital S. Rajasabapathy says: “This has been our dream for the last five years. We are looking at various options of making this a reality. We will discuss this with every individual multi-speciality and niche speciality hospital to make this happen.”

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MP provides equipment to hospital

The Coimbatore Medical College Hospital has got a new diagnostic and life-saving equipment, purchased with funds allocated by Coimbatore MP P.R. Natarajan from his MP Local Area Development Scheme.

Mr. Natarajan, Dean of the hospital R. Vimala and Resident Medical Officer P. Sivaprakasam were present at the commissioning of the portable echocardiogram.

The RMO said Mr. Natarajan had allocated Rs.22.61 lakh after knowing of the requirements of the hospital. The Dean had submitted a list of the requirements to the MP.

The equipment sought were a portable echocardiogram, ventilator, stat analyser for intensive care unit and a water purifier. A portable x-ray and a static x-ray unit had also been allocated and would be delivered soon.

“The portable echocardiogram is the first such equipment in the CMCH. It is of immense benefit for patients who cannot move to the diagnosis wing. The new equipment is handy, a little bigger than a mobile phone,” Dr. Sivaprakasam said.

Appreciating the MP's contribution, the hospital official said such gestures went a long way in supplementing the CMCH's efforts at improving patient care.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #48
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US county honours Coimbatore doctor

New Hyde Park (US): A US county has honoured leading Indian surgeon C Palanivelu for his contribution to medicine and creating awareness on lifestyle diseases by presenting him with the "Living Legend of Laproscopy Award" here.

Zahid Syed Chairman and Commissioner of the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights and founder of South Asian Political Action Committee, Long Island, who represented Nassau County Chief Executive Edward Mangano at the event, described Prof Palanivelu as a pioneer in his field and welcomed him to the US on behalf of his county in the New York state.

He presented the Nassau County proclamation to Prof Palanivelu honouring him.

New York City Council has also commended the service of Prof Palanivelu, founder-chairman of Gem Hospital and Research Centre in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu for his service to medicine and obesity control leading to better and healthier life of people.

A Certificate of Recognition signed by New York City Council Member Peter Koo (District 20) on behalf of the City Council was issued to Prof Palanivelu.

The City Council hailed his contribution to medicine for creating awareness on lifestyle diseases and for being a pioneer in weight loss surgery in Asia.

Prof Palanivelu is also the recipient of the highest honour of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in appreciation of his scientific contribution in the field of minimal access surgery at global level.

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“If all goes well, Kovai will be the first city in the country to have an organised air ambulance service, which is the next step in effective emergency and patient care,” Mr M. Krishnan, president of the Indian chamber of commerce and industry (ICCI), Coimbatore, told Deccan Chronicle here.
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“If all goes well, Kovai will be the first city in the country to have an organised air ambulance service, which is the next step in effective emergency and patient care,” Mr M. Krishnan, president of the Indian chamber of commerce and industry (ICCI), Coimbatore, told Deccan Chronicle here.
really good news if implemented. are there enough infra in place for helipads?
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The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical college here is expected to start functioning in the coming academic year.
is this located near singanallur?
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Kovai Medical Center and Hospital signs MoU with Global hospitals

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COIMBATORE: The liver transplantation scene in India that started with low success rates a few decades ago has evolved into a specialty that boasts success and survival rates comparable with the best centers in the world, said K Ravindranath, chairman and managing director, Global Hospital group.

Apart from medical expertise and technological advances, the enormous changes in the transplantation scenario were also due to the raised awareness leading to more cadaver and living donor transplants, he said after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Kovai Medical Center and Hospital to provide service in the area of Hepatobiliary and liver trasplant, in Coimbatore on Sundays.

The agreement was signed by K Ravindranath and Nalla G Palaniswami, chairman, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH). India is facing a big donor crunch in liver transplants - of the nearly 2 lakh needy patients, only 1000 are able to get them. Lack of awareness is a big issue here.

Dr Mohamed Rela, chief liver transplant surgeon, GHG saidthere are 15 out of one million persons who need liver transplant every year in India. Against this donors are less available. Therefore, there is a dire need for promoting voluntary organ donation, he said.

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Kovai siblings with rare Bombay blood group

COIMBATORE: In a rare medical phenomenon, two siblings from Coimbatore — both in their 20s — have been found to have the Bombay ‘Oh’ Phenotype, an extremely peculiar blood group which only 0.0004 per cent of the global population has.
With this, in Coimbatore district there are only nine identified persons who have this rare blood group. Among them five are not eligible to donate blood due to health reasons.
The siblings Ranganathan (23) and Sasikala (21) hailing from Nellichettypalayam village near Annur, a fast expanding suburb, were unaware of their medical condition until doctors at the Government Coimbatore Medical College Hospital discovered it by chance.
Last month Sasikala, who was admitted in an advanced stage of pregnancy, was found suffering from anaemia in a critical stage.
When doctors decided to administer her blood transfusion to their dismay they found that she belonged to the Bombay ‘Oh’ blood group.
“Only two donors of the type had registered with the Blood Bank in our district. We were unable to reach them as their mobile phones were switched off. In our desperation, we decided to check the blood group of her relatives. Both her parents were aged and therefore we tested her brother and miraculously we found that he shared her blood group,” recalled Dr A Mangaiyarkarasi, Blood Bank specialist at the CMCH.
“I immediately donated blood and saved my sister’s life. She delivered a boy. I am extremely happy. We were not aware of the rarity of our blood group. It was a surprise,” says Ranganathan.

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COIMBATORE: Dr G S Prabhudoss, a surgical gastroenterologist at the Chennai Apollo Hospitals has started consulting and giving appointments to patients using an internet portal. "This saves patients a lot of time, and it helps me organize my schedule better," he says.

He is one of the 50 doctors who consults and fixes appointments online using 'icliniq', an online portal designed by Duruvak Kumar V S, an engineering graduate at Saibaba Colony.

"Though there have been several sites for telemedicine, most of them are based on email communication where there are several constraints. Ours is the first in India where a person can meet a doctor over the net like a regular consultation room. All this comes at an affordable cost," he says.

Duruvak says that the portal eases the pressure on hospitals and doctors. "I started the portal four months ago. Ten hospitals and more than 50 doctors have registered in the portal. Around thousand patients are using it as of now. A patient can register and view the doctor's profile. The doctor's consultation charges are mentioned clearly.

Thus one can easily choose a doctor who is affordable. Patients can use the portal to avail virtual consultation or book appointments," he says.

Dr Gokul Kriba Shankar, a general surgeon at the VGM Hospital, Coimbatore, says, "Two or three decades ago, if a patient went to a doctor with severe stomach pain the doctor would have to do some physical check ups. The response to prescribed medication was studied before making patients undergo tests. Now, with the introduction of many sophisticated tests this is not the case. We can say that around 70 percent of the diagnosis is done through tests and only 30 percent is done clinically," he says.

Patients who have used it say they prefer it for many reasons. Arun Senthilkumar, (name changed on request), a resident of Singanallur who runs a software firm says that this gives him the advantage of privacy.

"There have been times, when I had to consult a psychiatrist. This gives an opportunity to consult a doctor sitting in my room. The treatment was as good as meeting in person," he says.

Aditya B D, who works with a software company, says that he used the portal to consult a dermatologist. "The privacy it affords is the best selling point for me. An appropriate web camera helped my doctor get a clear picture. Moreover, the virtual consultation saved me the travel and waiting time," he said.

"I post the times I am available to see patients. A patient can book his appointment according to his convenience. Moreover, one can avoid the annoying wait," says Dr Prabhudoss.
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Kalam to launch preventive cardiology programme

Former President Abdul Kalam will launch in Coimbatore on Sunday K.G. Hospital’s preventive cardiology programme, which will screen adults and children for heart diseases, especially adults for the risk factors that can lead to cardiac problems.

Hospital Chairman G. Bakthavathsalam said in a release that the project would screen two lakh children and as many adults. The emphasis was on early detection of problems in children and of the factors in adults that could cause heart attack.

Dr. Bakthavathsalam said that 40 years ago, heart attack used to occur in people when they were in their fifties and sixties and many died because of non-availability of drugs. Patients had to depend on pain-relieving morphine and atropine injections.

But, in the past 40 years, things had changed for better and for worse. Things were now better because the problems could be diagnosed early with advanced technology and right interventions could be made at an appropriate time.

Mandatory check-up for blood pressure, blood sugar level helped in knowing whether people suffered from coronary artery disease.

On the other hand, patients who developed the disease had to undergo costly treatment.

Preventive cardiology was an alternative to costly treatment. It involved only lifestyle change – giving up smoking, alcohol and food that caused high cholesterol and by getting into regular exercise.

In the case of children, they were affected by congenital defects that prevented them even from playing.

The hospital said it screened 500 school children last week and found that 50 of them had such defects.

They could be given proper surgical or medical treatment.

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