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Medicare has been high on the agenda of social activities of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations worldwide, ever since Bhagawan has constructed a small model hospital in Puttaparthi way back in 1960s to cater to the needs of Puttaparthi village. Over the years this small act of service has grown in gigantic proportions to come up with two world class Super Speciality Hospitals, one at Puttaparthi and the other in Bangalore. Inspired by Bhagawan’s message of providing free medical care to the poor and downtrodden, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, East & West Godavari, Kurnool, Anantapur and Krishna districts) recently organized Preventive & Primary Health Medical Camps in selective villages surrounding Puttaparthi on 16th 17th, 19th & 20th July 2005 as part of Guru Purnima celebrations.

Pre-camp door-to-door survey was conducted in these selected villages and awareness was created among these villagers on the importance of keeping their houses neat and tidy, to take proper care about health and hygiene and were advised to get expert counseling by specialist doctors on various faculties of medicine who were visiting these villages on an appointed day. The villagers were also intimated that poor patients requiring operations and specialized treatments would be taken to the concerned places and provided with free medicare, boarding and lodging facilities free of any charge.

Medical check up was done on these villagers by a team of specialists with the assistance of paramedical and sevadal volunteers on 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th of July. Patients were advised to strictly adhere to the dosages prescribed and some of the patients were identified for operations and some were issued spectacles etc. Hearing aids were distributed to some of the identified patients.

Simultaneously Bal Vikas camp was also conducted in these villages as Bal Vikas teachers gathered children from these villages, arranged classes and enlightened them about healthcare and hygiene. These children were also examined by the expert medicos. Relevant patient details were stored in computers and special identity cards were issued to all the patients including children to enable smooth follow up action in future.

Inspired by the service activities of Sai Volunteers, some youth, four girls and five boys, all B.Ed. students from Anantapur district joined the force to render their might. The following were the villages benefited by this exemplary service done by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Andhra Pradesh. Vengalamma Cheruvu, Kambala Parthi, Bonthalapalli, Narsingapalli Tanda, Diguvacherlopalli and Bandlapalli. Yes, these volunteers had imbibed the great lesson from Bhagawan’s life that human life is most precious and should be handled with utmost care, love and reverence.