Telemedicine to Andamans

March 25th 2009 marked the beginning of the telemedicine connectivity between Amrita health care center at Shadipur Port Blair, Andamans and Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. Thousands of people were benefited with this initiative.

Live tele consultation with Amrita Health Care, Andaman. Dcotors from AIMS in the inset

Dr Chithra, Dept of Psychiatry

Dr Joel, Dept of Dermatology

Dr B Pradeep, Dept of General Surgery

Dr Rajesh, Dept of Pulmonary

Dr Vijayamohan, Dept of Orthopaedics

Patients needing specialized care located at Andamans were provided with treatment advice, second opinion, follow-up care etc with the help of this telemedicine facility. Within a year approximately 3000 patients –more than 8 patients a day– tele-consultations to Amrita health center at Andamans were provided from AIMS.

This service has helped in preventing unnecessary patient referrals to distant hospitals located at the mainland thus avoiding huge travel cost for patients. This initiative has brought out better health outcome for patients and also helped in attaining higher level of confidence in the community’s local  health care system.

Andaman signs MoU with Amrita Institute

mou-andaman14 Oct 2009, Port Blair
In order to provide super specialist services to the people of these islands through the GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair, the Principal Secretary (Health), Andaman & Nicobar administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Br. Sadashiva Chaitaniya, Mata Amaritanandamayi Math and Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi.

With the signing of the MoU, super specialist facilities in areas like Cardiology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Urology, Pediatric Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery, Gynecological Endoscopic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Spinal Surgery will be made available to the public at GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair  on a monthly basis, which will include consultation, diagnostics and surgical services. Nurses and Paramedics of GB Pant Hospital will be provided training in conducting the super specialty operations. The specialists from Amrita will also provide their expert advice to patients through Tele-medicine facilities as and when required.

It is expected that these facilities will come as a boon to the public of these islands and will save them the expenditure and trouble of going to various hospitals on the mainland for treatment.

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NABH accreditation for Amrita Institute

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences has been granted NABH (National Accreditation Board of Hospitals & Health Care Providers) accreditation. Amrita is the first university teaching hospital to get NABH accreditation in the country.

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, (http://www.qcin.org/) set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations and to set benchmarks for progress of health industry.

Amrita-Pfizer Preferred Research Centre Secretariat

AIMS, Kochi June 27 2009

Amrita has become a Nodal Centre for clinical research in the southern region with the inauguration of the Amrita-Pfizer Preferred Research Centre Secretariat here on Saturday 27th of June.

The Secretariat will be where all the central coordination of research activities (including administrative, financial, legal as well as supportive research components such as protocol development) takes place. This is a key achievement which will enable both Amrita and Pfizer to enhance clinical research activities in South India.

Dr. Sanish Davis, Clinical Research Manager, Pfizer, stated that Pfizer was very happy to have such collaboration with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences because Amrita is one of the very few healthcare institutions in India that give equal importance to both healthcare and research and that Pfizer is committed to improving the quality of clinical research in India.

Amrita Telemedicine connects to PAN-African network

The Telemedicine network at Amrita Institute of Medical Science has begun extending its services beyond India’s borders. On May 4, 2009, it became part of the India’s PAN-African telemedicine network.

Though this telemedicne network, Amrita will provide e-health services to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Seychelles. Medical consultation in various medical specialties will be made available to care centers and hospitals in these rural areas. Through a satellite and fiber optic network, it will be able to reach out to remote and rural areas in need.

The inaugural telecast was that of a CME (Continuing Medical Education) session, for doctors in the rural centers of Africa. The topic — Infectious Diseases, Prevention and Control. Dr. Girish, General Medicine interacted with doctors in 13 countries on the African continent as he shared his insights and knowledge from Amrita. “We have long aspired to this goal –Digital health to every doorstep– ” he stated. “I am happy that after Amma’s visit, we are now able to serve the African people in yet another manner.”

PAN-African e-network is a Government of India initiative. The network’s main aim is to provide adequate educational facilities and affordable healthcare eventually in all 53 nations of the African Union. This idea was proposed by the President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, at the inaugural session of the PAN-African parliament held at Johannesburg in 2004.

Amrita Health Centre in Andaman Island

2 May 2009 — Port Blair, Andaman Island

inauguration amrita health care On May 2, 2009, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) opened an Amrita Health Centre in Port Blair, Andaman Island.

The centre is complete with full-time specialist services in cardiologist, pediatricians and general medicine. The centre is equipped with a fully computerized lab, digital X-ray, ECG, TMT Color Doppler and a telemedicine satellite link with MAM’s super-specialty hospital, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), in Cochin, Kerala. The centre is also equipped with a 24-hour ambulance facility.

M.A. Kharabela Swain, a three-time consecutive and sitting member of Parliament from Balasore District, Orissa, was the chief guest. He inaugurated the health-centre in the presence of the Chief Secretary of the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Vivek Rae, IAS. Dr. Prem Nair, the Medical Director of AIMS, also participated in the function.

“With the coming up of this health centre here, Amma has shown her concern for the people of these islands,” said Swain.

The Chief Secretary said, “Providing tertiary healthcare to the people is a great challenge, and the government makes all efforts towards this end, but it is not adequate. Therefore, there is need for public-private partnership to cater to such need so as to extend quality healthcare to the people.”

amrita health care In his Welcome Address, Brahmachari Sadashiva Chaitanya of MAM said that it was MAM’s intention to eventually expand the health-centre into a full-fledge specialty hospital.

The Andaman Islands are a group of archipelagic islands located 1,250 kilometers off India’s eastern coast. Amma saw the need for such a facility during her visit to Andaman in 2008, wherein she gave darshan and distributed 200 houses MAM built for those who had lost their homes in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

BD camp for thalassemia patients

Blood donation AYUDH Mumbai organized a blood donation camp in association with Pooja blood bank of Mulund for thalassemia patients camp on 25th January 2009. More than 50 units of blood was collected for this noble cause.

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that causes the body to produce less hemoglobin. Low levels of hemoglobin may cause anemia, an illness that makes you feel weak and tired. Severe cases of anemia may damage organs and result in death.

Blood donation

People with severe anemia (beta thalassemia major) usually will not live into adulthood without treatment. If the child starts receiving blood transfusions early and continues to receive them throughout life, he or she is likely to live longer.

Sixth Tsunami Baby Arrives

24 December 2008 — Amritapuri

After the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, several women from the villages surrounding Amritapuri came to Amma telling of a peculiar and tragic plight. Not only had they lost their children in the disaster, they were also unable to have more, as they had long back opted to undergo tubal ligation as a form of birth control. Moved by their situation, Amma sponsored tubal-ligation reversal surgeries for anyone interested {news}.

In the end, six women underwent the rare procedure. First baby was born in Sep 2006 {news}. Today the final couple—Appu and Luna of Parayakkadavu—brought their new baby for Amma’s darshan. The baby was just 11 weeks old. He was born one month premature, but was healthy and happy when placed today for the first time in Amma’s arms. Amma named him Krishnanunni.

The names of Luna and Appu’s children that drown on 26 December 2004 were Akhil, 8, and Akhila, 11.

Speaking with ashram residents, Luna said, “I feel somewhat assuaged. We lost two. At least we got one back.”

Appu said, “It was Amma who was ready to give life to those who lost it. It was Amma who sent us to the various doctors and hospitals. It was Amma who encouraged us. She assured us we would succeed. It was her prayer that made it all happen. All the women sent for this procedure in the end bore children. So we believe it was Amma’s sankalpa that made it happen.”

—Tulasi

Father Mother Place Child1 Child2 Dob Star Lost1 Lost2
Pradeep (34) Asha (27) Azheekkal Amritesh (M) 14Apr2007 Karthika Pratibha (10F) Kripa (6F)
Sreejith Liji (29) Azheekkal Eknath (M) AmritaKripa (F) 30Oct2006 Swathi Alishjith (8F) Kalidas (4M)
Baby (28) Priya (25) Azheekkal Aparna (F) 13Sep2006 Kiran (4.5M) Kingini(1.5F)
Paul (36) Lini (28) Azheekkal Alwin (M) Atul (M) 31Mar2007 Prince (2.5M) Nikhil (0.1M)
Surajit (42) Sarita (30) Srayikkad Aditya (M) Gayatri (F) 1Jun2008 Bharani Unni (1.5M)
Appu Luna Prayakadav Krishnanunni (M) Oct2008 Akhila (11F) Akhil (8M)

Watch the photos of tsunami babies here