THE PLACE AND THE PEOPLE
INDIA is indeed a land of opportunities , does it sound strange ? In fact the whole world is a land of great opportunities ! All depends on what we are looking for! let us just take you to a very tiny part amongst the vast land of ' opportunities '.
An opportunity to provide Basic health care.
Kamagiri is in the forest range of Bettamugulalam, now under Krishnagiri district.
The nearest health center is about 12kms away. The nearest government surgical center is 60 kilometers away. For fairly major emergencies the closest is 100+ Kms.
The Beneficiaries and The Benefactors
The needs of mainly three groups are being addressed. Two of them are the sons of the soil.
what is in the bundle? (please click picture) Patients awaiting Surgery during a camp.
Higher caste as per their tradition. Pure vegetarians, how ever have been introduced to alcoholic beverages. Some of them send their children to available schools.
2) Irulas or Poosalis
Considered 'lower' in the cascade of the caste system! They are poorer and live by the produce of the forest and 'any accessible bovine' creatures. Most of their children have to be forced or coaxed in to schools by the government or local non-governmental organisations.
From the plains, have become economically better because of their links with the people outside and literally dominate the native inhabitants.
Most of our sponsors from our family do not want their names to be mentioned in any form. The first and foremost being a group of doctors from Nagercoil, headed by a very senior member of our profession Dr. Benjamin.
Many others (doctors, nurses, paramedical workers, medical students, church members and philanthropists) both institutions and individuals, Manford Allianz, Delhi; St.Andrew's Church (Kirk) chennai, African Christian Fellowship, Oklahoma City; Geneva Campus Ministry, Iowa City.Journey's crossing,MD.
Though all of our sponsors strongly object to publicity I can never ever fail to at least make a mention of the names of these two couples, Mrs & Mr. Anand Richards and Mrs & Mr. Irwin of Bangalore as I strongly feel that through them and many of our beloved kith and kin and also through our professional colleagues who have in fact blended as an extended family, our dear God has reassured us of His approval.
List of visiting voluntary medical specialists:
Our most esteemed visitor was late Dr. Benjamin, (Retd. Director of Medical Services), who was instrumental in initiating this project with the seed money of Rs.55, 000, collected from a team of doctors from Nagercoil. Later this team led by Dr.Mrs Evangeline Ebenezer, Dr. Ebenezer and Dr.Mrs.Sishya Sunil was the first to visit our centre.
DISTINGUISHED VISITING CONSULTANTS
Prof. P.Devarajan, M.D,D.A(Cpt); Dr. Biju Koshy M.D.(C.F.C.ODC), Dr. Ravi D.A, Dr. Rajaram, D.A. (CPT), Dr. Gopalakrishnan, M.D.(Cuddalore), Dr.Sheeba, D.A. (Chennai), Dr. Mrs. Selina Joel, Dr. Senthil, (Dip.N.B.) (Chennai), Dr.Murali M.D D.A, Dr.Ravi D.A (Chennai), Dr. Madan (M.D), Dr. Prabhakar, A:B (Boston Children's Hospital), Dr. John Rajakumar, M.D. (N.H, Bangalore), Dr.Mrs.Kalavathy Moses M.D, Dr. Bharath (C.S.I, Rainey, Chennai) Dr.Mohankumar(cpt),Dr.Hester(CSI Rainey),Sr. Shalini(CSI-Rainey)
Dr. Chandra Asirvadham, F.R.C.S, F.R.C.S; Dr.Moses Christian (Calif), Dr.B.D.R. Paul (Mysore), Dr. Elangovan, M.S,M.Ch;(Chennai). Dr. Raja Billigraham, M.S.(Cpt), Dr.Giridharan, M.S:M.Ch:Chennai, Dr Mohanavel, M.S,M.Ch.(Chennai), Dr.Selvaganapathy M.S.(Cpt). DR. Hariharan, M.S,M.Ch.F.R.C.S; Chennai, Dr.Rajesh, M.S:F.R.C.S, Dr. Nelson M.S.(M.R.C.S.), Dr.Arasu, M.S; Dr.Vijayarajakumari, M.S.(Apollo, New Delhi), Cpt, Dr.Jaison M.S(C.S.I.Rainey) Dr.Saravanan, D.N.B, Dr.Venkadachalam, (Vinayaka Medical College, Pondicherry), Dr. Deepak M.S; Dr. Gopi, (Dip.N.BSurg) (Chennai), Drs. Bharanidharan, & Govindarajan (Ch.M.C), Dr.Kumaresan, Dr.Minnie, and Dr.Rajiv (Chennai.), Dr. Elumalai (M.S, CPT).Dr.Rabindar Boaz,M.S.(Chennai),Dr.Raja,M.R.C.S,D.N.B, (Chennai) Dr.Sasidharan,M.S.(Laporoscopic Surgeon,cuddalore),Dr.Azhagu Ganesh M.S.;Surgeons in the making-Dr.Caleb,Now grooming as an surgical oncologist)& Dr.Jayaprakash.,Dr.Dinesh, Dr.Beulah,M.S,(CSI-Kalyani)
Dr. Christy Ganapathy, M.D.,D.G.O., Prof. A.R.Chakravarthy, M.D.D.G.O (CH.M.C.CPT.), Dr. Paul,M.D,D.G.O. (C.F.H. O.D.C), Dr. Mrs. Revathy Alwar M.D, D.G.O. (Chennai), Dr. Mrs .Minnalkodi, M.D, D.G.O.(Cpt), Dr. Mrs.Shanthi Paul & Dr.Ms.Suguna (Mysore), Dr. Mrs.Mithra Dhanaraj M.D, D.G.O. (Chennai), Dr. Mrs.Anita Benjamin M.D; D.G.O, (c.s.i.Kalyani) Dr.Mallika Chidambaram M.D.D.G.O, Dr.Bethammal M.D.D.G.O.(Chennai), Dr.Mrs.PremaDavid, (Consultant,CSI-Kalyani), Dr.Sudha,M.D.D.G.O,(CPT),Dr.Vidyashree Srinivasalu,M.D,(Hosur),Dr.Cynthia,(chennai)
Dr. Mrs. Rangini Sundararajan,Dr. Parikumar (Dharmapuri), Dr. Daisy John (Bangalore),Dr.Mrs.Mukil Mohanavel.
E.N.T. SURGEON Dr. Sundararajan (Chingleput)
DENTAL SURGEONS Dr. Narendran, Dr.Mrs.Krithika Dr.Mrs.Santhana Sam (Surandai,Tirunelveli).
PEDIATRICIANS Dr. Mrs. Percy Sumithran, Dr. Kirubakaran,
Dr.Christopher Wesley, Dr. Mrs. MalathySathyasekaran (Ped.G.E.)
Nutrition Scientists. Drs.Sumithra Muthayya &Dr.Prashanth
Cardiologist. Dr. Subash Chandra(wockhardt Hospitals)
Dr. Ms.ShanthiRajarathinam Dr.Mrs. Lean Prabhakar,(Boston)
Sonologists Dr. Elavarasu, Dr. Mrs. Nisha Niranjan
Rev.Dr. Samuel Kamaleson, (Former vice president,world vision)
Rev.Arun Andrews & Rev. George Michael (Both Dedicated the chapel)
Dr. Sam David, Gen. Sec. E.M.F.I.
Dr. Mrs. Helen Manuel (Retd. Director, M.M.C.)
Dr. B.W.C.Sathyasekaran, Prof. (Comm. Med.)(SRMC)
Dr. Rashmie (Com. Med. St.John's, Bangalore)
Dr.Daniel Rajkumar, M.S. (Manali)
Ms. Camille Immanuel, North Carolina.
Dr.Vinodh Sha,M.S,M.Ch. (Distant Education, CMC, Vellore)
Dr.Chritopher Roy (Cardio-Thoracic) & Mrs.Prema Roy
Dr.Mrs.Saral Chandra, (Lotus Labs, Bangalore)
MOST VALUABLE AND DEEPLY APPRECIATED PERIODICAL RESIDENT HELPERS- DR.MRS.CHANDINI ALEX AND DR. ROHAN RAMESH.
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