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THE DRIVING MIRACLE OF HOLISTIC MEDICAL CARE

THE STORY OF THE SRI SATHYA SAI MOBILE HOSPITAL


The mysterious tension

You just have to see it!

The air was full of tension. Although the ground was red, rocky, and as dry as it was, sobering and suggesting a past clearly marked by drought, there was joy everywhere. It seemed as if everyone was connected to their true nature, happiness, hope and strength. The children were ecstatic, jumping, smiling and screaming as loud as they could and waving their hands eagerly. And only a few meters away, all the women and men in the village stood in a disciplined row. The whole street was clean and decorated.

Among the beautiful patterns sprinkled with rice powder that made the street appear a brilliant white was one with the word "welcome" on it. Everyone had prepared and was ready in the village of Locherla. Little girls waited with them Poorna Kumbham, Tumeric, Kumkum, Flowers etc ... everything traditionally needed in South India to receive a special guest.

The men in this small village, about 25 kilometers from Puttaparthi, had hung up large flags and cleaned the whole area. Neatly dressed, they waited in a cheerful mood and with happy faces and looked for the slightest signs of the coming event.

For the entire village, as well as for the people of the neighboring settlements, it was certainly a significant and joyful event. Was there a special guest, a minister or a VIP coming from this village? Or was it the announcement of a festival for the whole community? Or was it even Swami himself who personally visited this village?

Well, it's actually just a bus - a sparkling white, 15-foot-long vehicle that doesn't carry people, but has medical equipment installed on board. And the destination of this bus is the rural and remote villages. But for the villagers it was none other than God. "Without this (bus) I would be dead today," says Rangappa. “The chest pain that morning, December 30th, 2006, was the worst I've had in my life. They were unbearable. ”For the past three days, on the occasion of a rural Muslim festival, Rangappa had Nadaswaram (a classical wind instrument), and was totally exhausted.

The metamorphosis of Rangappa

It wasn't the first time that Rangappa, a barber by trade, had played an instrumental role. Because that Nadaswaram has been a valuable additional source of income for him for years. He had never suffered so much while playing the instrument his father had once taught him. He was in a similar dilemma eight years ago, but it wasn't that bad then. “This time the burning pain was unbearable. The pain started on December 28th; I got some pills from a local intern. I swallowed it and went back to him the next day. And that's it. The pain became so severe that my brother immediately took me to Buggapalli, a nearby village, where a registered doctor was practicing. 'Oh, that's just stomach problems,' said the doctor and gave me two injections. The pain subsided, but only temporarily. They returned the following day and I tried injections, which again only brought momentary relief. But on January 3rd nothing worked - no pills, no injections. I was at a loss. I have never gone through such a pain in my chest before. It will soon end now, those were my thoughts. "

It was Rangappa's darkest hour. Tense and anxious, he wondered who would look after his wife and children. Like a drowning man desperately reaching for a straw, his heart called for help. There was no way to help yourself. He was illiterate and poor. He had never been to a city, where should he go and who should he turn to? He had no idea what he was suffering from or how he could be cured. "At the time when he fell into a devastating depression, we learned that Sai doctors had arrived in the neighboring village of Kotlapalli," says Rangappa's brother, Nidimamidappa. “They came by bus, as they did here to Locherla. We just longed for relief, no matter who or how. We were there within the next ten minutes. The doctors were so friendly and accommodating. The white bus had all the necessary facilities. Immediately, without any delay, they took an EKG and then gave him a tablet to take right away. And then, urging me to hurry, they told me: 'You will deliver your brother to the Super Specialty Hospital in Puttaparthi immediately.' "

I rushed to Puttaparthi with my brother on the motorcycle, and when I showed the admission slip there in the hospital, they referred us straight to the ICU. After taking medication and dispensing, my brother's pain gradually subsided. After four days he was fine. I couldn't believe my eyes when my brother really got out of the hospital on his feet that Saturday. He was a changed man. "

To this day, neither Rangappa nor his brother know what exactly happened in the ICU during those four days. They had no idea why they had to rush to the hospital in Puttaparthi that fateful Saturday. What they do know is that it was the doctors Swami sent on the white bus who gave him a new life.

"If he hadn't come to us that day, he wouldn't have survived," says Dr. Narasimhan, who examined him that morning. “Rangappa actually had an acute heart attack, albeit in the early stages. While we suspected it was probably something more serious than stomach problems or just chest pain, this was confirmed immediately upon presentation of the EKG report. So we sent them straight to the Super Specialty Hospital. "

It was these doctors, experts in their field, and the mobile diagnostic clinic who saved Rangappa's life that morning on the patient's doorstep in the village. But what affects the heart most is this:

When Rangappa, who had been addicted to nicotine for years and who easily smoked two to three packets of cigarettes a day, came out of the hospital room on January 6th, he said, “I will never smoke or drink again in my life. The doctors and nurses here looked after me with so much affection and told me to stay clean and have regular meals. And that's exactly what I'm going to do. Swami saved me. Now that I've sung ’Sairam’, I will never get used to anything harmful again. Rangappa stood there with a repentant expression and clasped hands, his sincerity beyond question. To this day he has kept his promise. But the story doesn't end there. He has now become something of a 'health ambassador' in the village; he has turned many away from unhealthy habits. “I have been drinking since 1972,” he says, “I thought that drinking and smoking were normal because a lot of people in the village do. I never knew it was bad for health until my brother drank himself to death a few years ago. But even then, I couldn't stop this vice. Now I have learned from myself how dangerous these addictions can be. Swami gave me a new life and that is why I want to educate everyone in the village - young people and adults - not to destroy themselves. I want them to understand that they should use their energy and time to cultivate good habits, that they should sing Swami's name and do their work quietly. "

How Rangappa's life became a 'valuable tool' that has brought positive changes to many villagers in their lives is really touching to see. And if we take a closer look, many factors played a role in its wonderful metamorphosis (transformation). The timely diagnosis of the doctors saved his heart, the caring care of the nurses softened it, and the love of the Sai doctors flooded it with Divine love. He was revitalized physically, mentally and spiritually. There the healing and the preventive aspects are united with the spiritual well-being. And that is exactly what Swami said when He started Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital more than a year ago in April 2006.

“Our service should be based on the holistic principle. It should be a fine mix of healing and preventive health care and be spiritually infused. "

Swami's instructions to the Sai doctors on the white bus were very clear from the start. And today, after more than a hundred and fifty visits to the villages, every Sai doctor can tell dozens of 'Rangappa' stories. What are these Sai doctors actually doing? And what is so special about this “mobile hospital”? 

Excellent diagnostic device - every doctor's delight

 "As the name suggests, it is truly a traveling hospital," says Dr. Narasimhan, the senior director of this service project. “It has all of the sophisticated diagnostic equipment a doctor needs. Be it the EKG machine, the X-ray machine with an automatic film processor or an ultrasound recording system; or an auto-analyzer, a centrifuge, a microscope, or a sling device that is needed for blood counts. The diagnostic devices are absolutely unique. "He has been involved in medical service projects in rural areas for more than fifteen years, and he states:" It is actually inconceivable that a medical aid project in such a remote area has such an excellent one clinical equipment. "

When the chikungunya epidemic (a rare form of debilitating viral fever spread by a mosquito) raged in many villages around Puttaparthi in July 2006, anyone with a fever believed they had fallen victim to the disease. It was also true of a number of cases, but not all. "When we analyzed the blood samples of many of these villagers, we found that a large number of them had malaria," said Mobile Hospital doctors. "And it wasn't the common type of malaria, but 'falciparum malaria' (commonly known as cerebral malaria), which is the most dangerous and life-threatening variant of this disease. Thanks to the mobile hospital, blood sample results could be created on site within minutes. In this way we were able to rule out uncertain diagnoses (which might have resulted in incorrect medication) and save many lives from certain death. "

"For the first time we can diagnose on the patient's doorstep" - Dr Shyam Prasad

“For the first time in the history of any voluntary organization, we are now able to diagnose the disease in the village right on the patient's doorstep. This is really fantastic and it is a wonderful experience indeed! ”Says Dr. Shyam Prasad, professor of surgery at Andhra Medical College, one of the first medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh.

“I found breast cancer, stomach cancer and something in the liver through ultrasound, and we can tell right away whether they are curable or not!” He adds.

There are countless examples in which excellent diagnostic work has saved lives.

Ramakrishna came to the doctors and complained of frequent urination. The ultrasound test on the bus revealed that this middle-aged man suffered from four different ailments. “His problem isn't just the bladder,” said the radiologist. "There are different complications that affect the spleen, liver and kidneys." We asked Ramakrishna: "Why didn't you go to another clinic for a check-up earlier?"

“I have,” he says. “Just a few days ago in the nearby health center; But there was no examination, but they only gave me a few pills that did not bring any improvement. There are no devices there to carry out such tests. "

India's sick health system  

This is the disease in the health system in most of the villages of India nowadays.

Qualitative health care is the exclusive privilege of a small percentage of the population who have access to hospitals in cities and towns. While almost 70% of Indians live in villages. And the majority of those living in the country (which makes up 25% of India's population, around 250 million) are poor or even below the poverty line. They fight for food, not to mention health care. Most of the villagers only know farming as a livelihood, but the vicissitudes of nature have allowed them to cross the Rubicon. Every year they get poorer and poorer. People from the Anantapur area in Andhra Pradesh state are of this species.

Poverty is a prevalent condition in this area. Rainfall here is the lowest in the entire state, perhaps the second lowest in the entire country, which is why it is known for its persistent drought. In fact, 35% of the villages in Anantapur fall into the high category: Extreme poverty (income below 120.03 rupees per capita per month). Health care in this area is neglected or even non-existent. It is probably for this very reason that Swami let the doctors at the Mobile Hospital begin this project in the Andhra Pradesh district. The hospital has to come to the people who need it most, because they are either completely unaware of their illness or they cannot afford to go to a proper hospital.

According to Dr. Narasimhan, the Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital is an innovative project for the field service with the aim of providing high quality medical treatment above all to the people who live in the remote villages. It is, in fact, an expression of Bhagavan's tireless effort to provide free health care to the poorest of the poor (vaidya) to enable. "

The moving story of Hari

The results that this program has achieved are deeply moving.

Here the case of Hari, who fell ill with polio (polio) at the tender age of six and limped from then on. His grandfather gave him sticks to straighten his legs so he wouldn't forget how to walk. The poor boy practiced and eventually learned to make himself independent even from the sticks, although the handicap tended to increase as he was simply too weak to walk on his feet. He's also had what doctors call 'edentulous' (toothless) since birth; the lack of teeth on his chubby face was noticeable. And now also afflicted by polio ... it took away whatever smiles or little dreams were still left.

He could never eat with even the slightest pleasure. Bananas were the only fruit he could squash and swallow in his hollow mouth. There was no one to prepare a special meal for him. For his father, Narayanappa, a day laborer who struggled to hold flesh and bones together, it was enough for him to live.

Little Hari's body was losing its aura day by day. Seriously malnourished, he lost more and more of its color. When doctors first saw him in Batalapalli village in June 2006, his stomach was bloated like a football. They were alarmed by his horrific 4g hemoglobin level and promptly gave him vital food supplements to reduce his anemic condition. That was the first step.

The second action, which the doctors took with accelerated urgency, was absolutely necessary to improve his overall condition, caused by family helplessness and social heartlessness. They prepared everything for the production of new dentures, and soon Hari was happy again. After the new teeth were attached, in a few weeks he had regained what he had lost - his color, his enthusiasm, his energy, his smile. When the doctor sees little Hari today, he is moved to tears: a constantly energetic and bubbly boy who comes hopping towards him with clasped hands and an exuberant “sairam” on his lips.

If you ask Hari anything today, his first reaction will be a big, flashing smile. His joy fills one with a rare feeling of serenity and happiness. Hari goes back to school thanks to the generosity of a Sai servant who gives him food and shelter in his own school. “What do you want to be one day?” We ask Hari as he looks at us warmly. “I want to go to Swami's school.Can you help me get accepted there ”? he urges excitedly. “Why do you want to study?” We ask him again. "I want to be a doctor." His face lights up. "I want to help everyone who is suffering." Whether he becomes a doctor or not, we are sure that he will delight hearts and revive people, which he is already doing in his own little way. On the day we met him, he came to the "Medical Camp" to make himself useful for every little thing, as if it were Sunday. Hari is an inspiration to others today through his gentle behavior and dedication. Can there be anything more fulfilling?

Reaching the people in the distance - on wheels of love

This is the change that the “Out to the Villages” philosophy of the Mobile Hospital Program is making for many simple and poor people. Everyone is involved: men, women, children and the elderly. All kinds of illnesses are treated - whether general ones like fever, gastrointestinal inflammation, etc .; Emergency situations; chronic conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Lakshminarayana, from Locherla Village, was in his forties, but his energy level was the same as that of a man in his sixties. He is a day laborer. When his energy level suddenly dropped a few months ago, his life became a burden. A strong man who could easily put away eight hours of hard work was suddenly unable to work two hours a day on a regular basis for some reason. In the afternoon he couldn't ask any more work from his body. There was also another uncomfortable problem - frequent urination. "I could not sleep anymore. Every hour I had to stand up to follow the urge to urinate. Due to the insomnia, weak and tired, my life was suddenly no longer worth living. I couldn't even earn 50 rupees a day anymore. How should I support my family? ”He says, remembering those terrible weeks.

The secret was revealed when doctors diagnosed a blood test during routine treatment. A sugar level of 410 meant that Laxminarayana was highly diabetic. He had no idea about the disease and what safety precautions should be taken. But now, after the doctors advised him and started treatment, he is a happy man. “I'm much better now,” he says. “No more hourly urination - I take medication regularly and carefully follow the doctors' instructions. My life is slowly returning to normal. I am eternally grateful to the Sai doctors. "

“Nach-Sorge” - the strong element of the program

In order for Laxminarayana to regain its original energy level, its condition must be checked at regular intervals. It depends on the body's response whether the dosage or the medication needs to be changed. So he is constantly being guided to a new way of life. This follow-up treatment is one of the most important features of the Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital Project, apart from the excellent diagnostic facilities. It is an essential part of the project, because the 'modus operandi' is to visit the same village every month on the same day.

Doctors from different parts of Andhra Pradesh travel by bus for the first twelve days of each month. If it was the turn of the village of Locherla on April 5th, the next visit will take place on May 5th. In this way, the treatment of the patient is not limited to a single time. "This project offers the excellent opportunity to secure further, complete treatment for the patient," says Dr. Ravikanth, a young ear, nose and throat specialist.

“Most cases require multiple visits to the doctor. These patients never go to the doctor in town, even with the guarantee of free treatment; because often they cannot afford the travel expenses at all. So the best solution in this scenario is: The doctors visit the villagers several times. In this way we can do full justice to the patient. And that fills us and the patients with great satisfaction!

In fact, this is one of the main distinguishing features of the Mobil Hospital Camp compared to other Sai Medical Camps. "In other medical camps," says Dr. Sreenivas, a young practicing general practitioner from Kakinada who works in these camps, “we usually prescribe general medication like calcium pills, pain relievers, fever medication, etc. and then go back. As a result, we never get any feedback on how the treatment worked, whether it was effective or ineffective. So we cannot find out whether special drugs have caused any side effects. The Mobile Hospital Camp, on the other hand, offers the excellent opportunity to follow the course of the state of health after a treatment. "

As an example he says: “On March 11th we visited the village of Janakampalli. When we go there again next month, the patient can show the slip of paper with his blood pressure values ​​recorded on it and the medication prescribed. In this way, the doctor can check his values ​​again and find out whether they are under control or not and prescribe an appropriate medication. With this little follow-up treatment, we can prevent a lot. If high blood pressure is detected, it can be lowered with appropriate treatment, thus also reducing the risk of a stroke. We're saving a patient who would otherwise be paralyzed by a stroke in three to four months. “This is a scientific miracle, so to speak. We go out to the patients! This satisfies the doctor and is for the best of the patient. A small examination, a diagnosis - that's a small step in principle, but you've already saved a life. It is, so to speak, 'prevention' ".

Prevention, Prevention, Prevention - The main focus of the project

In truth, this means being proactive: anticipating the occurrence of diseases instead of curing them after the outbreak. And it is this common focus on preventive health care that gives the Mobile Hospital project this special character. "In our Seva project we have cleverly integrated the healing and preventive health aspect and always administer it with a pill, in contrast to the way government institutions work," explains Dr. Narasimhan. In the state health program, curative care is given by the 'main health center' which is at the level of mandal -Headquarters (small administrative bodies that are responsible for a few villages) work, while the preventive health education is provided by the auxiliary nurses and midwives (ANMs) and the health officers who go to the villages. Precisely for these reasons and other facts, such as functional discrepancies through to deficiencies in motivation, these state efforts were only partially successful in some areas and completely ineffective in others. "

The sympathy of the doctors at the Mobile Hospital, with whom they care for the villagers and ensure that they are completely cured, touched the villagers beyond measure. This aroused in them a strong confidence in the doctors and in what they say; because everyone here realizes: 'Someone is seriously interested in my well-being. This doctor has no ulterior motives, he doesn't expect anything from me. I just have to stick to what he orders; It will do me good. ”This source of inner motivation, made to flow in the hearts of the villagers by the selfless service of the doctors, has been used in preventive health care in most of the villages under the care of the Mobile Hospital make it a success. By the way, there are 35 villages and small settlements in the four districts around Puttaparthi, (called Kothacheruvu, Bukkapatnam, C K Palli and finally Puttaparthi), which this project takes care of. This universe of 50,000 people from these four districts is now reaping the benefits of an effective health prevention strategy.

“I was in pain all over my body. My limbs became numb at times. I couldn't sit in the same position for even a few minutes. If I sat down at the sewing machine and then wanted to get up again, it was a gigantic effort for me. The pain became so intense that even fifteen minutes of walking was practically impossible. "

Akkamma was in this state when she first came to the Mobile Hospital Camp in Chandrayunipalli. She had not had an accident, no organ defect from birth, nor any infection. Her misfortune was that she was born and resident in the Anantapur district, which is notorious for its high fluoride content in groundwater.

(Less than one milligram of fluoride in the water is considered safe to drink, but the average in the district is 1.5 to 2.5 milligrams / liter and goes up to 4 mg in some foods. Quantities have caused serious problems such as: discoloration of teeth (dental fluorosis), sore joints, fragile bones, stunted growth and deformity of the limbs (skeletal fluorosis).

When the doctor to Akkamma explained the health-damaging effects of drinking water with a high level of fluoride and gave her detailed instructions on how to convert water into drinking water (use of alum and lime), she carefully followed the doctor's instructions and applied them also on. In addition, the doctor advised her to eat sai protein (a ground mixture of wheat, legumes, sugar, and peanuts that can be easily made at home) to improve her stability. Today Akkamma says, “Five months ago I weighed just 36 kilos, but now in a span of a few weeks I have gained 10 kilos. I feel so full of energy today. I do all my housework and go back to the field. My husband is so happy. These doctors really looked after us so well. "

"All pain is gone," says Chennakeshava Reddy, another resident of the same village. One look at his teeth and you can see how terribly concentrated fluoride is in the drinking water of your village. Although his teeth are still discolored, he is a happy man. “I followed the instructed procedure step by step to remove fluoride from my drinking water. I have been drinking this water for three months now and notice a noticeable improvement in my energy balance. "These doctors have done a great job for us by coming to our village," he says.

Ultimately, it is "Only Love" that does it

We can tell more and more examples of how preventive health care, when practiced by the same doctors, has shown encouraging results. But the real success does not lie in the available infrastructure geared towards healing effects or the right instruction for preventive health care. These two aspects naturally have their special place. The most important and often ignored aspect, however, which predominates generously in these camps, is, as already mentioned, the love of the doctors. The relationship between doctor and patient is beyond the normal, it is much closer. The doctor is their friend, guide, and philosopher, and every patient knows it for sure. 'These doctors here are genuinely interested in my well-being. They are sent by God, verily Swami appears through them. It may be for this reason that, apart from the effective execution of the program, the healings in these villages border on miracles.

Sriramulus mysterious inner transformation

A few months ago, for some inexplicable reason, Sriramulu fell into serious depression. The once very polite and soft-spoken hand weaver did not even allow anyone to enter his house! Let alone take instructions or weave garments; if anyone came near his door he would go wild. He didn't calm down until he had shooed the other human completely away. Occasionally he even treated the person rudely, even if he had been his own neighbor for many years.

“He even hit me,” says his wife, Saraswati. She had to move her only daughter into another house, because he didn't stop at her either. Convincing him to eat also became an impossible task. On some days it cooperated, on others it was absolutely impossible to handle. Worst of all, he stopped sleeping during the night. "Every now and then he just got up and disappeared in the early hours of the morning. I had to run to look for him, ”Saraswati remembers the terrible days. "Didn't you take him to a doctor"? we asked her. "Yes I have. We took him to the neurological department at a hospital in Anantapur (the closest city). Apart from a few pills, they also gave him electric shocks (convulsive electrotherapy - to reduce suicidal tendencies in mentally unbalanced patients, but which can also cause permanent brain damage). The whole thing cost us 700 rupees, but it didn’t bring about any improvement. In addition, he never took the medication on a regular basis, but took it as he pleased. If I offered him the medicine on time, he pushed me away. Then I secretly added it to his coffee; but he noticed it very quickly and one day threw the coffee on the floor in a fit of rage. After that he didn't have any more drinks at home and went outside to a tea stand if he wanted something to drink. "

This was Saraswati's pathetic situation. With the help of their brother, they brought him to the NIMHANS, a well-known clinic for the mentally ill in Bangalore, but all efforts proved pointless because the problem was never with the medicine or the doctors, it was with Sriramulu himself. The drugs just couldn't work because it was impossible to give him any . At this point in total helplessness, she heard of the arrival of the Mobile Hospital in her village. With all her persuasion, she tried to convince her husband to visit him near the medical camp, but Sriramulu, who was nice until a few minutes ago, suddenly went wild and ran back to the house. Saraswati went to the doctors in the mobile hospital and told them about her misery. It was January 7, 2007, and the Mobile Hospital was about six kilometers from Puttaparthi

"When we heard her sad story, we really wanted to help her," says Dr. Narasimhan. “Even though we didn't know what kind of treatment to expect when we entered the house, we decided to go, chanting His name and asking for His blessings. We entered the house around 9 p.m. and met with a great surprise.

“I couldn't believe it,” says the doctor, “he was so friendly, contrary to what I was told. As soon as we entered, he offered us chairs and served us with water! I don't know what the sorcery did. Was it our loving and humble ways in which we encountered him, or was it the divine itself that worked in him?

The doctors spent almost half an hour with him. He was very polite at all times and responded positively to the warm affection we showed him. Before we left, we gave him pills and Sriramulu promised to take them. And he did it carefully, to the utter astonishment and delight of Saraswati. Week after week he took the medication meticulously and within a month there was a clear improvement in his mental state. Another four weeks later he was even closer to normal. At the end of a full three months, Sriramulu was smiling. Saraswati's joy knew no bounds. “It's like I've been given a new life. I had already given up all hope, ”says a cheerful Saraswati who came by these days.

"It was’ Sairam ’who made me do it" - Sriramulu

We wondered: The same Sriramulu who once ignored his medication almost completely ... how had he suddenly changed? 'What made you decide to take this medicine strictly?' We asked him. With a warm smile he said, "It was’ Sairam ’who sent these doctors to us. It was he who moved me to take the medication. "

Was it a mysterious inner transformation, or a divine intervention, or the power of pure love with which the doctors enveloped him, who led Sriramulu to weave again - a living miracle for all villagers.Although there were thousands of rupees in debt for her daughter's wedding and then for the hand weaving kit, Saraswati is not very concerned. She knows that with her better half behind her, they will master any serious situation together.

Verily, what love does, the best medicine does not succeed.

"We spread good human values, not medicine" - Dr. Sreenivas

"Today I saw tears in a patient's eyes," Dr. Sreenivas when we met him on April 11, 2007 after the camp. “She complained of a headache, but I didn't give her a paracetamol pill; which I would surely have done in any hospital.

“I just asked, 'Are you tense? Do you sleep enough Are you worried about something? ’She nodded. I said to her: 'Don't worry; let go of everything for ten minutes and pray to God. Pray to him in the form of your image of God, it doesn't have to be Swami. Sing his name. Just think that you have no worries for ten minutes and you will experience great bliss and peace in your mind. God will work miracles in your heart. "

“I don't know what that did to her; I just said those few words and she started crying. Probably no one has spoken to her like that before!

You can only have this experience in these camps; only in spiritually oriented organizations where love is the backbone. That is the highlight of this program. We strive to exemplify and spread good human values ​​- not just medicine! "

The real essence of the program - teaching human values

 That is the simple summary and that is the central focus of the Mobile Hospital project. From the beginning, the Mobile Hospital team endeavored to teach healthy habits and hygienic practices, aside from implanting human values ​​in the hearts and minds of the villagers. Every day at the camp begins with a speech by Dr. Narasimhan, in which he explains to all the villagers in their local language the extensive goal with its inner meaning and Swami's vision for this extensive project, and with great love and devotion. He says:

“Dear brothers and sisters, you really have luck on your side. Swami created this project especially for you so that you can enjoy good quality health care right on your doorstep. Many of you are farmers who work in the fields and do not have time to go to the doctor for a check-up. For the most part, you are also unaware of the origin and extent of the disease. More of you do not have the money to travel to a hospital in the city or to go to Puttaparthi yourself. Even if some have money, there is no one to accompany them and lead them to the right place.

For all of these reasons, Swami has appointed respected doctors to visit your villages and attend to the health needs of all of you, families, children and the community.
“On the one hand, there are nearly 500 doctors from different corners of Andhra Pradesh who are making their personal service available to you; on the other side you are, dear villagers. Believe me, with your cooperation we can prevent 80 percent of diseases.

In this environment we can really eliminate many of them once and for all and save a lot of money and hardship. And that is why we emphasize again and again to pay attention to the cleanliness of your houses, your surroundings, your personal hygiene; keep the air, water and food clean and abstain from unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking. We have tried through various illustrative materials to teach you about these aspects. You saw that you should not throw away the water from the rice, which is very nutritious; how to prepare sai protein, the valuable nutritional supplement; how to get drinking water fluoride-free by a simple and inexpensive procedure, whereby many serious diseases can be prevented. Last night we sat at home with many families and discussed how to keep a hygienic household. Please consider all of these aspects to be very important. Otherwise we cannot get this village disease free. We doctors come and go, but ultimately you have to endure the difficulties. "