President Pranab Mukherjee, who arrived in city yesterday afternoon, formally dedicated the newly-built JSS Super Specialty Hospital to the public at a function held at the hospital premises.

The 1800-bed super specialty hospital on Mahatma Gandhi Road in city is built by JSS Mahavidyapeetha at a cost of Rs. 400 crore. It aims to cater to the healthcare needs of the people at affordable prices.

Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Desikendra Swamiji took the President around the hospital, accompanied by Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and others.

The President was felicitated by the Seer on behalf of the Mutt and presented with his portrait, an inlay art work. Similar portraits were presented to Bhardwaj and Siddharamaiah too.

Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways Oscar Fernandes released a special issue of the ‘JSS Maasapathrike’ while Siddharamaiah released ‘Prasaada,’ another special issue, in the presence of Sri Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt.

District In-Charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, Health Minister U.T. Khader, Medical Education Minister Sharana Prakash Patil, Co-operation Minister H.S. Mahadev Prasad, PWD Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Jangipur (West Bengal) MP Abhijeet Mukherjee (son of Pranab Mukherjee), MLAs Tanveer Sait, G.T. Devegowda, Vasu, Mayor N. M. Rajeshwari and others were present on the occasion.

Nation’s health defines development: President Pranab Mukherjee

“The health of a country’s population defines the state of development. A healthy population holds greater capacity to access opportunities for education, knowledge and employment,” said President Pranab Mukherjee.

Speaking after inaugurating the JSS Super Specialty Hospital on M.G. road in city yesterday, he said, “A robust healthcare system depends on the trinity of availability, quality and affordability. In 2005, the National Rural Health Mission was started to take healthcare to the doorstep of the rural population through a network of sub-centres, primary health centres and community health centres. Better infrastructure, trained manpower and effective drugs and modern equipments under this Mission have resulted in improved service delivery. A new National Health Mission, combining rural and urban areas, has commenced this year.”

“Karnataka is a pioneer in comprehensive public health services. Even before primary health centres were conceived in the country, this State had established a number of primary healthcare units by the erstwhile rulers,” he said and added that philanthropic causes like JSS Mahavidyapeetha have also contributed in a large measure for health and education.

“The medical fraternity has to respect the good faith and trust that people have bestowed upon them. Doctors have to remember always the true meaning of the Hippocratic Oath that they took on entering this noble profession,” he said.

The President left Mysore by special plane at 5.05 pm.

JSS hospital is a boon to the poor: CM

“Health is an important sector and the contributions of JSS Mutt in the field is immense,” said Chief Minister Siddharamaiah yesterday.

He was speaking after releasing ‘Prasaada,’ a special spiritual publication of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha during the inauguration of JSS Super Specialty Hospital, on the occasion of the 98th birth anniversary of Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji.

He expressed gratitude on behalf of the people of the State to Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji for planning and realising the hospital that is spread across 12.50 lakh sq. ft.

“I get hundreds of applications from the poor people during my Janata Darshans, seeking aid for medical treatment. Majority of ailments were related to kidney and heart,” he said.

Siddharamaiah praised the Mahavidyapeetha for running a residential school at Suttur for more than 4,000 children, offering education and amenities free of cost.

“At the beginning, the Mutt provided resources to Anna Dasoha (food). Then it spread its services to provide Akshara Dasoha (education) and now it is a boon to the society that the Mutt is widening its services to Arogya Dasoha (health),” said the CM.

Suttur Seer, in his address, said the dream of Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji had been realised with the launch of 1,800-bed hospital facility. He recalled Sri Rajendra Swamiji’s words: “Patients should be treated like well-wishers and relatives.”

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore