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Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral palsy Clinic at Thiruvananthapuram

Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral palsy Clinic at Thiruvananthapuram

Children with #PediatricOrthopedic disorders, #CerebralPalsy require dedicated care that are rarely available. This is an initiative to start a #CerebralPalsy clinic in an affordable way for patients at the #SriRamakrishnaAshramaHospital #Thiruvananthapuram , #Kerala

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#ArtForACause #Wayanad

#ArtForACause #Wayanad

This painting is part of #ArtForACause fundraising series with Dr Sekar Michael and Dr. PA Suresh at ICCONS , #Shoranur for children suffering from #CerebralPalsy ,#Autism and #MovementDisorders

Free Will and Fate – the Macbeth conflict

Free Will and Fate – the Macbeth conflict

Of Free will or Fate : A conflict for the believer whether to put in hard work and free will to attain anything in this world if everything is already preordained by God.
#Poem
#Poetry

#ArtForACause a Painting project by Doctors for fundraising

#ArtForACause a Painting project by Doctors for fundraising

Delighted to announce an #Art Project with Dr. Suresh (Director , #Neurologist , #ICCONS) , Dr. Sekar Michael ( #PediatricAnesthetist, ICCONS) and Dr. Easwar TR (#PediatricOrthopedic & Spine Surgeon , ICCONS) as #FundRaising campaign for treatment of children with #CerebralPalsy, #MovementDisorders, #ChronicPain and #Autism. This will be an ongoing project. #ArtForACause

Kerala Flood : A Tribute to my land

It was late in the day, i was standing at driveway gate turning off the lights to my clinic. I just glanced across the road where the indoor stadia is. This is where young college kids are working round the clock , selflessly for the flood victims. They receive relief materials sent across the border and sort it. Authorities are scant, but I’m told the work is supervised.

I was struck how a fracturing society had gelled by a near cataclysm.

My two lines worth were penned then

I titled it my kerala (ente keralam )

My Kerala
MITRA Medical Trust … our little helping hand to the poor is 3 years old

MITRA Medical Trust … our little helping hand to the poor is 3 years old

Boy are we joyous !

Our MITRA Medical Trust is now 4 years old.

This August 5th we are marking this event with the first public function at #Palakkad, #Kerala with dignitaries and beneficiaries.

We started on this journey 4 years ago, just a little band of friends who managed to get together after 20 years of separation after high school thanks to the newly emerging social networking services of Orkut, Facebook and Whatsapp.

The joy of getting back together about 20 years after out 10th class was marked with a reunion function and post-reunion, we sublimated the camaraderie by resolving to form MITRA, a medical trust to help poor people with treatment.

MITRA stands for Medical Intervention Treatment and Rehabilitation Assistance. Our goal is to lend a helping hand via our internal contributions (as much as possible) to the needy for medical treatment and/or rehabilitation.

Overtime, with the grace of almighty, love of our well wishers we could achieve this and much more. We have been blessed to have the good fortune of delivering help to almost 75 poor patient across a range of diseases disbursing as much as 24 lakh of Indian Rupees. No mean effort considering most of this was from our own internal donations.

A celebration was in order !!

This is then the first ever public function of the Trust. Mr. P.R.Seshadri , MD, Karur Vysya Bank , Mr. M. B. Rajesh MP, Mr. Shaif Parambil MLA, Ms. Pramila Sasidharan, Municipal Chairperson, Palakkad and Father Paul Thekkiniyath will grace the function.

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Sanskritam at IIT

IITs has been asked to teach Samskritam … read all about it !

…..screamed our electronic media. The reaction has been mostly negative. Occasional person voicing some positive comments. Twitter has been abuzz, specifically with people and blogs quoting Deputy CM of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia to the effect that whether the nex-gen JS version is really worth the upgrade over Samskritam. What better could one expect from a party whose leader is a self-confessed anarchist.

Armed with my usual salt ( a pinch is too small a dose. I take spoonfuls ) considering the state of our media I searched for the full press release of Ministry of HRD to find out what it actually said. Unfortunately there is no press release so far in public domain from Ministry of HRD on this. What was projected and decided without a debate was from her statements in Loksabha.

The most acceptable version seems to be …

Accordingly, IITs have been requested to teach Sanskrit language especially with reference to study of works which contain scientific knowledge,” Irani said

This is based on the report submitted by N. Gopalaswami, who headed a committee formed by Ministry of HRD in Nov. 2015 for promotion of Sanskritam as a language. This was set up to look into and recommend measures to integrate its  study with disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, medical science and law. It will suggest changes in Sanskrit education in schools and universities and modern ways to impart Sanskrit education.
Eventhough Ms. Smriti Irani has clarified that it would be an elective, the media is still abuzz with people commenting on this, each looking at it with their lenses.

I cannot understand…

How a language which has given birth to most of the Indian Languages we speak today in many states or influenced the rest heavily could be such a politically fought tool.
How Sanskrit the language cannot be decoupled from opression, cateism, exclusivity, hindutva, brahminism and aryan-dravidian politics. If it is because it brings back bad memories to some, why dosent the language English bring back memories of British Oppression, Elitism, Exclusivity, Divide and rule politics and Missionary work ? Why dosent Arabic/Persian raise questions about Islamic suppression and atrocities ?
You hate the oppressor, not the language that he/she speaks.

What’s in a name ?

The language is a language. The time when Sanskrit was widely used – nobody seems to know when this was – but lets assume a safe year of 1000 BC, there still seems to have other languages that drew from it and thrived. It was a pan-indic-religious languages. Lets face it.  Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism have large volumes of works written in it. Its not this only-Brahmin heritage.
The so called Dravidian ( which itself is a Sanskrit word ) languages are all heavily drawing from Sanskrit. Being a native speaker of both Malayalam and Tamil and student of Sanskritam I can say that both these languages draw heavily from it. Its a myth that Tamil just grew alone and is untouched by Sanskrit. The poster boy of Tamil Literature, Thiruvalluvar and his Thirukkural itself has many Samskritam words in it.All the Thevarams praise the Vedic Gods and include plentiful Samskritam to convey  untranslatable concepts.
It is my regular question set to my tamilian friend when it comes to opposing anything Hindi/Samskritam:
If Thiruvalluvar himself did not want to cleanse non-Tamil words from Thirukkural, why do the tamil politicians bother to clean tamil of sanskrit/ north-indian influence ? Do the modern tamilians claim to be better tamil lovers than Thiruvalluvar ?
If tamil is really an independent language, how come tamil legends talk about Agasthiyar ( a vedic Rishi) as the one who created Tamil ?
How a vedic God Shiva become the first Tamil Sangam Leader ? 

 

Why .. Why … Why do people love to hate it ?

The answer is that Sanskritam hatred is convenient and beneficial.
Let see how many birds one can kill with one stone – just by opposing Sanskritam.
  • 1  : Hindutva lovers / Sanghis / BJP
  • 2 : Hail Dravidian Identity and Tamil nationalism
  • 3 : Project modernity and upwardly mobile culture
  • 4 : Hey, its not as if I dont get a job if i dont study it.
  • 5 : Brahmin:  you oppressor, take that

In short ..

It’s a soft target. It has ‘X’ marked on it for any passer-by’s convenience. A quick punch. The vent. The pleasure. Un matched for the number of political/philosophical schools it pleases at the same time – commies, aaptards, congis,dravidians, upwardly mobile…


So do we need to protect, revive and reinstate Samskritam ?

If India has to go back to the glory days when it attracted people from distant lands to come and learn at its Universities at Takshashila and Nalanda,  when its riches were stuff of lore told in other lands, when we were living in a different century than the rest of the planet, we need to first find out what worked for us. We need then to find out what went wrong. Then we can understand whether we can go back. If we already have it there is no need to reinvent the wheel, but to look at ourselves we need the lingua-franca of the golden ages to understand its literature.

I am not talking of searching for lost technology for building airplanes, of doing genetic works, but I am sure all those wise men who trooped to our famous universities did so for a very good reason. We’d be fools to not look into our own culture and history to get us back where we were, for that’d be the most natural step to take. We have already been there, done that. We can do it again.
Lets hope good sense dawns, once the dust settles and India can get back to where it was.

A gentle yet clear brushing off of the cobwebs of the so-called Aryan theory and all its vicious corollaries is therefore absolutely necessary, especially for the South, and a proper self-respect created by a knowledge of the past grandeur of one of the great ancestors of the Aryan race — the great Tamilians.

We stick, in spite of Western theories, to that definition of the word “Arya” which we find in our sacred books, and which includes only the multitude we now call Hindus. This Aryan race, itself a mixture of two great races, Sanskrit-speaking and Tamil-speaking, applies to all Hindus alike.

-Swami Vivekananda, Aryans and Tamilians

Would you wear a garment without a blouse?

At a politically tumultuous time when you’re not even sure what secularism, nationalism, sedition, freedom of speech in particular and freedom in general (aazaadi) is, we have here a  peice on what constitutes ….for want of better words , shall we say and in the process provoke a redefinition of the word ‘decently dressed’. Thought provoking for the impartial inquirer, revolting to the convent educated elite, too much for even the liberalism chanting neavueau-upworldly mobile, slap in the face for ultra-conservatives. All at the same time. Are we staring at the truth here – for isn’t not truth said to be unpleasant/uncomfortable ?

This piece was a reaction to seeing a room full of amazing black and white photos by Sunil Janah of women who were topless. Like the below photo of a Hill Maria Woman from Bastar.  Courtesy of the …

Source: Would you wear a garment without a blouse?

Interventional Pain management and Palliative Pain Care – a write up on Cancer Pain

Coimbatore Pain Clinic

 

Commemorative day for Cancer passed us by, mostly un-noticed amidst the din of modern self centered life. Here is an article by my dear friend and senior colleague Dr. Sekar Michael who runs a Coimbatore Pain Clinic at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and is actively involved in treating under priviliged cancer patients.

This was published in Times Of India, an Indian News Paper.

Is Medical Administration a wasteful expenditure ?

In continuation of my previous blog article: How many Administrators does it take to run a Hospital ?, the brevity and conclusion of which interested me so much that I went deeper into this subject.

A link from that article drew me to an article by Kevin MD on the subject of health care spending.

In India, as in the USA where health care spending is something worrisome, this should make very interesting reading.

It is no secret that there is no love lost between Administrators and Doctors in most institutions.

Usually the Administration claims that the doctors don’t justify the amount being spent on them by the Hospital in terms of salary and other facilities provided. This data seems to point otherwise.

As the final word on this is yet to be spoken, still every bit of more reading I do on this topic seems to affirm the feeling I always had : That I was right

See the link below for an interesting article on what the author thinks about this.

Claims are backed up with some data from US Presidents advisors…

Administration comprises one of the biggest factors for health care waste.

But does health reform do enough to streamline it? It’s doubtful.

Consider the following chart presented by David Cutler, a President Obama advisor:

Health care administration is a source of medical waste

In other words, for every one doctor there are 5 more are employed to do administrative tasks.

And, frankly, it’s ridiculous. As Dr. Cutler says, “There is a lot of money spent doing things that in no other industry do we tolerate.”

Health reformers are hopeful that the money spent for electronic health records and claims processing will cut down on the bureaucracy. But it’s doubtful. Because universal standards for health IT are fragmented and difficult to implement, it’s unlikely that digital systems are a viable answer. If anything, I can see electronic records creating more positions, such as IT support, that will further bloat the administrative side of health care.

This is compounded by the impending transition to ICD-10 — with a 10-fold increase in coding complexity.

Read More Here:

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/04/health-care-administration-source-medical-waste.html#more-43828

How Many Administrators Does It Take to Run A Hospital?

Dr. Wes: How Many Administrators Does It Take to Run A Hospital?.

I always asked myself this question…

How many administrators does it take to run a hospital smoothly.

They are apparently employed to make doctors life smooth which leads to better working environment and better patient care. .. well, at least in theory. In practice, things are a lot different.

So, I started searching. I was sure I was not the only one who was having these thoughts.

This is an interesting blog article on that subject. A very short one, but serves the purpose.

How Many Administrators Does It Take to Run A Hospital?

From KevinMD:

… for every one doctor there are 5 more are employed to do administrative tasks.

And, frankly, it’s ridiculous. As Dr. Cutler says, “There is a lot of money spent doing things that in no other industry do we tolerate.”

If you want to find out how many administrators it takes to run a hospital, ask yourself how many work on the weekend.

That number should be just about right.

-Wes

 

Once you have finished that,  please see this article for more data on this and wasteful hospital expenditure

Plone based Open Source Intranet Solution for Hospitals

As discussed in my previous post I have implemented an Open Source Intranet Solution in my Hospital, Ortho One Orthopaedic Speciality Centre, Coimbatore, India.

This is based on Plone. Customisation have been done to suit and hospital work flow. Necessary add-ons have been added to achieve the desired functionality along with custom scripts. Basic styling has been done to keep it simple and presentable.

Plone is served from an Ubuntu Server 12.04, 4GB Ram and 500 GB HDD. The processor is Core2Duo. This is a staging server. We may be shifting out once we have fitted the gaps and are ready to go live. That said the existing hardware serves well.

Here are a few screenshots:

Intranet Wall
Intranet wall for file dumping, discussions, chats, announcements.. even secret meetings !
Chat on Intranet.. Too lazy to create events, pages ? Chat away…
Staff Leave Calendar
Staff Leave Calendar
Intranet Login Page
The Login page…
Intranet Discussion Board
Discussion Board for the Intranet.