Monday, May 28, 2012

Satyamevjayate Episode 4

What a brilliant show! I thought it was the best made so far. But Aamir and his team did fail in their research yet again and this time very badly. At least for the previous shows their misses were excusable but not on this one. The story of the generic medicines came to me as a very rude shock. I am sure it must have come as a shock to many viewers. So did the medical insurance scheme provided by the government and Narayana Hrudayalaya organization. But Aamir's team did miss out something very important. I'll detail in a moment.

As for bribery in general I think almost everyone in the show, most of the viewers, well almost everyone in this country has been party to it. Even though many haven't taken a bribe I am sure we all have at some point or the other, given one. But since the episode was restricted to only the Medical profession and its associated practices it is not worth discussing about "bribe" any more. Probably Aamir has another episode dedicated to it.

One other thing that could have been mentioned is the number of institutions in the country where medical treatment is provided free. Several doctors and pharmacists also provide free and subsidized medical attention to the poor and the under-privileged. Aamir did bring Dr.Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya on the show but he did miss one institution completely. It is extremely sad that it wasn't even mentioned considering the yeoman service they have rendered to people of India. Can you imagine world class (I repeat World Class) super speciality hospitals in India that has been rendering free service to any one that approached them. With all the love, sincerity and hospitality that one can get Sathya Sai Baba's two super speciality hospitals have been rendering world class services for free. The first one in Puttaparthi has been operational since 1991. The second one was opened in 2001 in Whitefield. Prior to that Puttaparthi was operating a hospital for free since 1954. I knew someone whose friend had a heart bypass surgery done there for free. Can you imagine, for free! This is something that is unheard of in the developed nations and something that is possible in a Third World country. That is not all, almost any medical emergency or treatment that one can think that mankind can get is offered here and for free. Sathya Sai Baba's devotees who are doctors come there from all around the world on their own to render free services. Services are rendered with a sense of spirituality found nowhere else. The construction of the hospital in Puttaparthi itself  was nothing short of a miracle. A super speciality hospital constructed in total area of 150 acres, occupying a built-space of 15,000 sq meters, housing 300 beds was built in a record 9 months of which 3 months were devoted solely for the construction of the design. The statistics of the OPD and procedures performed for the period 1991 to 2009 and several other information about the two hospitals are mind-blowing. One fact was just simply hard not to mention. On an average at the Whitefield super speciality hospital seven neuro and seven heart operations are performed by surgeons every day. The costs for performing these (including associated tests like lab tests, outpatient procedure, x-rays etc.,) would cost Rs.5 million or US$100,000 per day but the hospitals don't charge patients a dime! All treatments including stay, medicines and food are offered for free!

Read this and more about these wonderful institutions here: Satha Sai Baba's Super Speciality Hospitals  

I wonder how Aamir's team could bungle on their research on this wonderful organization. Was it because they didn't want controversy? But how could they ignore the great services the organization has offered free for so many years to the people of India.

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