Baldev Medical & Community Centre: October 2006
Our center has been granted recognition as a center for graduated medical doctors from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore. Their condition is that we serve the people in medically underserved areas.
Dr. K.Vijayasagar , who is currently fulfilling his rural service requirement from St. John’s Medical College, was appointed resident physician in October 1, 2005 .
Dr. Sagar’s knowledge of Telugu and Kannada, the two main languages of the region where we are located, has helped bridge the communication divide. Our community service workers and Dr. Sagar initially visited all the villages to introduce him to the communities. The initial patient response climbed to 400 per month after Dr. Sagar took over, and now the figure has climbed to 1,200 per month. Our medical center is currently serving rural people from the border areas of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Mrs. Gracy Thomas is the Administrator for our health and community center. She tirelessly coordinates all the activities of the center such as outreach programs, maintains records and reports, interacts with the local communities and helps organize events such as community meetings. Under Gracy’s guidance, health camps are conducted where our doctor and community service team go from house to house, sometimes with overseas volunteers. The community has been very appreciative of this effort. These visits educate the people in everyday health matters, and check the status of women and children for de-worming, anemia, nutrition, hygiene and pregnancy.
During an outbreak of Chikungunya, patients came from as far as Bangalore to be treated by Dr. Sagar at our center. With the increase in the number of patients being treated at our center, we are seeing additional revenue to cover some of the on-going operational expenses. Our charges range from free for the destitute, to minimal for the economically and socially disadvantaged sections of village society. Therefore, it will take many more years for our hospital to become financially self-supportive.
As part of our community outreach effort, Baldev Medical & Community Center has initiated an advisory committee for each village comprised of staff from The George Foundation and community representatives. Village project leaders and a village implementation team are selected. Young girls and boys are selected for training programs to assess the needs of each village and to interact with all caste groups. Their requirements are evaluated, and approved projects executed with 20-50% financial and supervisory help from us, and the remaining from the community and the government. Dr. George participated in the final discussions at a meeting in October 2006.
The George Foundation provided the seed money to build a high school in the village of Deveerapalli. The plan was finally approved by the government and the high school was inaugurated in March 2006. Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji inaugurated the building. The Assistant Collector from Hosur, the Revenue Officer, Panchayat leaders and representatives, as well as other local officials were all present. Swamiji was very appreciative of Dr. George’s personal contribution and effort. He asked the local communities to support and assist the work of The George Foundation.
The Foundation sponsors 60 children in the Deveerapalli village government-run school. The fees, books and uniforms of these children were provided by us. We also hired three teachers, educated young women, from the local community to make up for the lack of teachers in the primary section. With our effort, including health checks by our medical and community service team, the standard of the school has improved. It was adjudged the best school in the district. We are in the process of helping two more schools in the villages of Siddanahalli and Oppachalli. Our plan is to sponsor 50 children in each of these schools and to assist the school improve its standard.
Sister Cheryl Darsow, a senior and experienced nurse from the Mayo Clinic, USA, volunteered for a few days during her short visit to India. She was convinced about the efficacy of our community outreach program, and will make efforts to send medical supplies, nutrition supplements and health food for community distribution.
Significiant events: June 2004
Mrs. Gracie Thomas has been managing and coordinating the work of our
health center with the help of nursing assistant Sr. Sheela, in the absence
of a doctor from 1 September 2003. They have both done a good job of keeping
the activities in operation, together with the other team members. The
status as of 2002 end is as follows:
We have recorded the health of 60 pregnant women in and around 14 villages.
The field worker has completed her monthly routine checkup for weight,
blood pressure, urine test and blood test of these 60 women, 11 women
who fall in the high-risk pregnancy category have been advised to see
the PHC doctor immediately.
Immunization and Growth Monitoring of 326 Children
Regular visits are carried out to ensure that immunization is completed,
and if the children are found to be malnourished, the field worker gives
them a packet of nutrition powder. She also advises them to visit the
doctor. The nutrition powder is sold at Rs.10/- per packet.
Self-Help Groups Meeting and Training
The revolving fund loan amount of Rs.50000/- was disbursed among the five
groups. All the group members had decided to buy sheep. Narayanappa helped
in sourcing and buying the sheep. Outreach, an NGO in Hosur, has started
a training program for the Sangha members. Two of the five groups have
been selected to attend the training session.
Deveerapalli School Sponsorship Program
Under the direction of Mr. Jude Devdas, a meeting was arranged with village
Heads, Members and Leaders. 50 children were presented with books, uniforms
and stationery by the foundation in the presence of local leaders and
- Identification of 50
deserving students from 5 villages
- Program to be result-oriented
- Periodic inspection to oversee progress
- Proposed cleaning program of the village of Deveerapalli
- De-worming program
- Program to benefit the wards of these areas
- Request for greater co-operation and appreciation of the efforts taken
Financial and material
assistance for the 50 identified students for the current academic year
is already given. Other aspects of the program are being carried out.
of the 50 children.
- Selection of 50 students from 1st - 10th standard has been carried
out by the Head Master of Deveerapalli School.
- Their authenticity has been verified by Social Worker Narayanappa.
- The 50 selected students and their parents have been photographed and
- As requested by the village Heads, cleaning of the Main Road which covers
the Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe areas was done by the school
students with the assistance of Baldev Staff. Parthenium weeds and other
shrubs and plants were removed.
- Photographs were taken before and after cleaning the village road.
- Snacks were distributed to the students.
Sponsorship Program ,October 18, 2003, Deveerapalli School
- Guests Mr. ARA Arularasu.
DSP, Hosur, Mr. Narayana Swamy, Joint Director Urban Coop Society, Bangalore,
Mrs. Lalita Law, Miss Beena Nair and other VIPS namely Mr. Chandrappa,
Ex-President Deveerapalli, Mr. Ramachandran.
- Enadu Editor, Mrs & Mr. Srinivas, President Deveerapalli, Members
of the Panchayat, parents and students were present.
- The main speakers Mr. Chandrappa and Mr. Ramachandran commended the
role played by TGF. They emphasized in particular that these underdeveloped
areas have become places of interest for many dignitaries. They stated
there was a need for greater cooperation and recognition by the beneficiaries.
They highlighted the following:
1. Motorable roads executed by TGF
2. Donation of Rs.1 lakh towards construction of high school and Rs.10,000/-
towards purchase of library books
3. Employment for many poor families in surrounding villages
4. Better bus service
5. Hospital facility
6. Village officials have approached for help from TGF in raising the
standard of living of rural communities.
- Short speech by Mrs. Lalita Law dwelt upon the need for improved performance,
lest the assistance from TGF be reconsidered.
- A cheque for School fees for 29 students was presented by Mrs. Law to
the School Head Master.
- The School Head Master thanked TGF for the valuable service rendered
to the school, and for paying incentive for one teacher who has been of
great help and assistance.
- Mrs. Law, the Deputy Superintendant of Police, Ms.Beena Nair,
- Mr. Narayanswamy, Vijayamma and Chandrappa distributed uniforms along
with school kits.
- The function concluded with honoring the Chief Guest with presentation
of shawl and garland to DSP, Mrs. Law, Ms. Beena Nair, and Narayanswamy,
by Mr. Chandrappa.
- Guests were taken to Shanti Bhavan. Mr. Jude Devdas & Mrs. Law took
the DSP around Shanti Bhavan where they had lunch.
Activities planned till December 2003
Jude Devdas has developed a plan for tie-ups with the surrounding
factories. We will be visiting the nearby factories and informing them
of the medical services available at our hospital. Periodic medical checks
of their staff could be done at Baldev.
Sourcing a full time
/ part time Doctor
We are actively searching to recruit a full-time doctor for Baldev,
as the previous doctor has gone for higher studies.
Since the teachers cannot come to Baldev, Gracie is planning to go
the Anganwadi to teach them to use new teaching aids to help the preschoolers.
Gracie has already identified a resource teacher from Hosur who is willing
to volunteer and assist the Baldev team.
This program is planned for three villages. The team will be starting
with Deveerapalli Village. De-worming medicines have been purchased.
Attendant Training Program
Delivery kits are distributed to the pregnant women and the "dais"
are taught to use the sterilized items given in the kit. Sr. Sheela will
conduct the classes.
Mr. Kodadaram, Director, MS Ramaiah Institutions
Dr. Vivek Dorai, Medical Officer, Lakkur PHC
Ms. Suman Thomas from M/s. ICICI Bank,
Dr. Manish Kohli and his wife, Dr. Nibha, Bloomberg School of Public Health,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD., USA
First multi specialty camp at Baldev- Specialist from KIMS hospital -
Eye, Skin, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics- with 5 other doctors
participated in a multi specialty camp at Baldev.
370 patients attended the camp from a radius of over 10 kms. We had patients
ranging from 25 days old to 88 years. Special arrangements were made for
transport, medicines and follow up. A significant point was the active
participation of the Bagalur Primary Health Centre staff, anganwadi teachers
and the TGF staff from Bagalur. It has been decided that a multi-specialty
camp will be held on the last Saturday of every quarter. The next camp
is planned for end December, with ENT, Orthopedics and Pediatrics specialties.
A simple Dassera puja was held to celebrate the festival and commemorate
the first anniversary of the hospital.
A training programme for dais (traditional birth attendants), self help
group representatives and health volunteers was held on October 24th,
2002. The Auxiliary Nursing Midwife from Lakkur PHC was a guest faculty
at this training programme.
Chimneys were constructed in the anganwadis at Siddanahalli and Vapacchalii
villages with the sanghas contributing the cement, and the community providing
A drainage system was dug using the JCB in Siddananhalli village around
the school compound.
Signed petitions from all sanghas and panchayats have been sent to the
relevant transport officers at Hosur and Malur Transport depot for more
frequent bus services to Baldev.
Baldev Centre has been recognized by St. Johns National Academy of Health
Sciences as a rural bond centre from November 1, 2002.
Baldev conducted its first delivery on October 4th, 2002, at 4.55 pm.
The mother was from the nearby VHF farms. She delivered a normal full-term
infant weighing 2.8 kgs. Sr. Sheela was in attendance, and both mother
and baby are fine. Baldev Hospital now has a full fledged delivery room
on the first floor, and is ready to conduct normal deliveries for patients
who have arranged transport for emergency referral.
Dr. Saikat Kanjilal has been appointed as Medical Officer who will take
over from Dr. Nachiket Shanker from January 1, 2003. Dr. Saikat is a graduate
of St. John's Medical College and is fulfilling part of his rural bond
posting at Baldev. We welcome him to our fold and look forward to working
Dr. Ashalatha G. has been appointed on a weekly basis to conduct preventive
and promotive health activities in the 14 villages that we are working
in. She conducts special check ups in two villages every Friday, and is
accompanied by our health volunteers.
Contribution of specialists for the camp from Kempe Gowda Institute of
Medical Sciences (refer to Significant Events).
Three articles have appeared over the past month in Eenadu, a local newspaper.
The first was on our multi-specialty camp, the second on our hospital,
and the third on our community activities.
The Baldev Medical & Community Centre building was inaugurated at
a simple function organized by community leaders on December 30, 2000.
The building construction was fully completed in July, 2001. Equipment
for the building has been ordered and a major part of it is being donated
by LDS Charities in the US. Staff has been recruited. We will always be
looking for dedicated persons to work at this Centre, either as volunteers
or part-time or full time staff.
Regular meetings with the village communities are being held to introduce
them to the specific services of the Centre. Many of the services include
community-based activities for which the participation of the people is
required. The women's sanghas or self-help groups have been very successful.
The medical services have been operational from October 2001 and will
include the following:
Round the clock primary health clinic with the following services:
- Daily out-patient care
- Labour room services for deliveries
- Basic laboratory facilities
- Emergency and in-patient facilities
- Computerized medical records of serving population.
- Diagnosis and treatment options of commonly occurring diseases.
- Monitoring systems to predict and track disease outbreaks and epidemics.
- Comprehensive health information system for monitoring health care
- Epidemiological data for research purposes.
Health awareness programs focusing on:
- Nutrition of pregnant women and children
- Reproductive healthcare
- Child healthcare
- STD and HIV/AIDS Prevention
- Safe drinking water
- Environmental sanitation