Swami Sivananda Rural Hospital, Madurai
The Swami Sivananda Rural Hospital, Kadavur, Madurai was founded in 2013 and is sponsored and supported by Dr. V. Narayansamy, and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai. The hospital, a five-minute walk from the Ashram, provides specialist as well as general services to about 60 patients a day and 25,000 total per year. Weekly Medical Camps see between 120 and 200 patients, and Mega Camps between 600 and 1000 patients in a day. Village Health Nurses are trained and appointed in each of the seven villages served, and are able to distribute short-term medicine and referral to the Medical Camp. An ambulance vehicle transports patients to and from the Medical Camps in areas where transportation may be an obstacle.
Outpatient Camps including surgical, eye, obstetrics and gynaecology, dental, general medical and surgery, and diabetes are held periodically and a mobile clinic visits outlying areas where transport facilities can be limited. The Hospital also conducts door-to-door health education about breast and uterine cancers, hypertension, diabetes, and dengue fever. Many false notions and fears about surgery and modern medicine are challenged, allowing modern science to be used alongside the traditional village approaches.
The Hospital hopes to grow so that it can support 30 local villages in future.