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MGIMS stands as a role model for Sri Sathya Sai Baba Medical College

MGIMS stands as a role model for Sri Sathya Sai Baba Medical College

On Sep, 14 Sep 2021, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Swami – an instrumentation of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the face behind Baba’s spirituality and service mission – visited Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram Wardha. The reason behind the gracious visit was to understand MGIMS’s teachings and best practices and emulate the same in their upcoming medical college in Karnataka.

Sri Madhusudhan Swami called this occasion a ‘Sangam’ of MGIMS and Sathya Sai Baba Trust where the two entities have similar dream of rendering service to mankind. “We have come here to learn from you, take your advice and emulate your community centric teaching. It is a lifetime opportunity to learn from a hollowed institution like MGIMS”, he expressed. He also emphasized on the need of rural India education and recalled Mahatma Gandhi in Sathya Sai Baba’s words ‘Gram Seva is Ram Seva’. Swamiji also said that his organization shall continue to fund scholarships for needy MGIMS students to peruse their medical education. “You are training and teaching inspired young minds to serve on the ideals taught by Mahatma Gandhi ji, which is the greatest service being rendered by your team”, he added.

Along with the revered Swami were Mr BN Narsimha Murthy (Chancellor, Sri Satya Sai Baba University of Human Excellence) and Mr C Sreenivas (Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust), volunteers and several student leaders. Shri Dhirubhai Mehta (President, Kasturba Health Society), Shri PL Tapadiya (Vice-President, Kasturba Health Society), Dr BS Garg (Secretary, Kasturba Health Society), Dr NM Gangane (Dean, MGIMS), Dr SP Kalantri (Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital), Dr P Narang (Emeritus Professor of Microbiology) along with faculty and staff were present at the occasion..

The occasion was marked by offering prayer and seeking the gracious blessings from Sri Satya Sai Baba at the institute’s Emergency Medicine Centre. 20 years ago, this centre had received funding from the Satya Sai Baba Trust. Shri Dhirubhai welcomed the guests with traditional soot-gundi and fondly reminisced one of his interactions with Satya Sai Baba some three decades ago. “We are extremely happy that the trust chose MGIMS as a model for inspiring medical education”, he added. “You are walking in the footsteps of Baba and we are fortunate to have your blessings today”, expressed Dr (Mrs) P Narang.

Dr NM Gangane shared the ethos of MGIMS and gave a glimpse of MGIMS’s commitment to excellence in education, quality research and community engagement. “MGIMS has a distinction of being a medical college where community based medical education makes the framework of the students’ learning process”, he added. Dr SP Kalantri introduced various unique features of the hospital like low-cost drug initiative, paperless Hospital Information System, Health assurance schemes, healthcare at Melghat along with sharing the hospital’s commitment to accessible, affordable and appropriate healthcare for rural and poor people. “Kasturba Hospital is a testament of love, care and service for rural communities and we are happy to reach out to that last common man”, Dr Kalantri emphasised.

The dignitaries also visited institute library, which they found inspiring, open, inviting and motivating . They spent an hour at Gandhi Ashram, a visit that helped them learn how Gandhiji and his associated lived, planned freedom and worked relentlessly for the nation.

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Tender Notice (updated)

Extension of last date of submission of Tender Form till 24/08/2021

With reference to the Tender Notice for outsourcing management of parking stand in Kasturba Health Society’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Kasturba Hospital, Sevagram which was published in Loksatta and Indian Express newspapers on 12/08/2021.

The last date of purchasing the form has now been extended and the tender forms may be purchased from Kasturba Health Society’s Secretary Office till 24/08/2021 after a submission of DD of Rs. 500/. The last date of submission of sealed tender along with with the DD of Rs. 5000/- is further extended up to 24/08/2021.

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Oxygen Generator Plant Arrives in Kasturba Hospital

Oxygen Generator Plant Arrives in Kasturba Hospital

The summer of 2021 was the most dreadful time that India witnessed in the last few decades. The acute shortage of beds and oxygen led to a crisis in the hospitals—gasping patients waiting for oxygen and beds. The numbers of cases of covid-19—many battling with life-threatening hypoxia—had overwhelmed the hospitals, health workers, and people. The country was struggling, seeking oxygen generators, concentrators, liquid oxygen and cylinders. Hospitals lost oxygen and lost people. The unprecedented shortage of oxygen led to indescribable panic, misery and grief everywhere.

Sevagram was no exception. 

In the summer of 2021, Kasturba hospital admitted close to 3500 severely sick Covid patients, a large proportion of whom arrived in the hospital with hypoxia. Although the hospital had installed a liquid oxygen plant only a month ago, in May the Covid crisis almost tripled the oxygen requirement of the hospital—30 cylinders every hour. With oxygen scarcity looming large over the horizon, the hospital was desperately looking for an on-site generator plant that would help it overcome the crisis.

It was during this time, when the Sevagram skies looked dark and gloomy, that TMC- NCG- Navya brought bright rays of light. It helped MGIMS get an oxygen generation plant that was to make oxygen equivalent to 120 cylinders per day. 

Founded by Gitika Srivastava and Dr Naresh Ramarajan, Navya is known for its selfless work in Cancer for almost a decade. It teams with Tata memorial Center, Mumbai and National Cancer Grid to ensure that cancer patients have the best chance of cure and quality of life. TMC Navya was established as the online arm of Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) in 2014 to scale access to cancer expertise. In 2016 we became a part of the National Cancer Grid (NCG), a consortium of 200+ healthcare centers across India.

Navya moved heaven and earth to bring several oxygen generation plants in India- MGIMS is one of the nine sites to benefit from the philanthropy. 

Navya raised funding from US donors and matched that funding with a grant from ACT grants, an Indian consortium of donors, to sponsor high quality AirSep plants of 420-619 litre per unit capacity at each of these sites. The donation came as a part of campaign that garnered support from several national and international donors including NGOs, firms and individuals. 

The oxygen generating plant arrived in Sevagram in June 2021. The plant, based on Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technique came from AirSep, the US based largest manufacturer of oxygen generation plants with the longest experience setting up and operating plants in India.  As a supplement to the existing cylinder or liquid supplies, this plant shall provide 600 litres of oxygen every minute, and partly reduce the need for regular oxygen deliveries.

“Our first efforts to send 25 oxygen concentrators to the Tata Memorial Centre from the US has snowballed to bringing in 5,732 concentrators and setting up 9 Oxygen generator plants to help India breathe,” said Navya. “This was achieved due to the trust, confidence and unwavering support of the donors and partners who swung into action with their generous donations for”, said Dr CS Pramesh, Director Tata Memorial Hospital and Coordinator National Cancer Grid.

“The oxygen plant is a sight for sore eyes. Kasturba Hospital was barely able to breathe when the tsunami of Covid hit us this summer. We cannot thank enough TMC- NCG-Navya for hand picking us as one of the many hospitals to receive an oxygen generator plant. Our doctors and nurses are now breathing easier, for they know that they will not have to struggle for oxygen when the hypoxic patients arrive in the hospital,” said Dr SP Kalantri (Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital).

Team MGIMS and Kasturba Hospital expressed heartfelt thanks for the generosity of the TMC team. Consolidating efforts at TMC along with Dr. CS Pramesh, National Cancer Grid, Gitika Srivastava and Dr Naresh Ramarajan; Jaishree and Desh Deshpande, Neeru and Vinod Khosla; Rhea Mehta,, ACT Grants Community Partners International, American India Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Give Back Foundation, General Catalyst, Battery Ventures and all others who played a key role in helping Kasturba Hospital get this precious gift. Many of them worked relentlessly to ensure the last-mile delivery of oxygen concentrators and generators across the country.

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Report of Swachhata Pakhwada

Kasturba Health Society’s

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram

Kasturba Hospital, Kasturba Nursing College and Kasturba Nursing School


Report of Swachhata Pakhwada

(1st April 2021 – 15th April 2021)

Swachhata Pakhwada was carried at Kasturba Health Society’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kasturba Hospital, Kasturba Nursing College, Kasturba Nursing school from 1st April 2021 to 15th April 2021. The Field Practice area of MGIMS Sewagram covering 67 villages has also conducted the Swachhata activities at community level.

Mode of Dissemination of Swachhata thematic messages

  1. Individual – interpersonal communication
  2. Group talk
  3. Mass communication
  4. Online meeting – awareness generation on Swachhata
  5. Dissemination through social media
  6. E-poster distribution through social media

Activities conducted are as follows:

  1. Swachhata Pledge
  2. Swachhata drive
  3. Mass Awareness Generation Activities: Role Play on Swachhata and No to single use plastic use, Poster exhibition, e-poster on swachhata and shramdan
  4. Collection and disposal of plastic waste, segregation of biodegradable/non-biodegradable waste
  5. Curbing single use plastic (SUP) and discourage use of plastic
  6. Beautification of Garden/maintenance of cut flower and potted plants
  7. Disposal/removal of old files, non-usable items and equipment’s
  8. Training of health care staff on infection control, prevention of needle-stick injury and bio-medical waste management
  9. Celebration of World Health Day on 7th April 2021


 Swachhata Pakhwada Activities Detail


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Swachhata Pakhwada Activities

  • 01/04/2021 - Swachhata Pledge at Orthopedics OPD

  • 01/04/2021 - Swachhata Pledge at Medicine OPD

  • 01/04/2021 - Swachhata Abhiyaan outside Forensic Department

  • 01/04/2021 - Handwashing Demonstration at Casualty

  • 01/04/2021 - Swachhata Abhiyaan in Nursing College premises

  • 02/04/2021 - Cleanliness drive at the department of Anatomy

  • 02/04/2021 - Cleanliness drive at the department of Accident & Emergency

  • 02/04/2021 - Cleanliness drive at the department of Physiology

  • 02/04/2021 - Cleanliness drive at Kasturba Nursing College

  • 03/04/2021 - Hand Hygiene demonstration By Nursing College Students

  • 03/04/2021 - Mask Distribution at Kasturba Hospital

  • 03/04/2021 - Hand Hygiene demonstration at the Accident & Emergency Center

  • 03/04/2021 - Hand Hygiene demonstration at Skin OPD

  • 05/04/2021 - Cleanliness Drive at Kasturba Nursing School

  • 05/04/2021 - Plastic Ban Poster competition at Kasturba Nursing School

  • 05/04/2021 - Swachhata pledge at Kasturba Nursing School

  • 06/04/2021 - Hand washing demonstration at Bhankheda village

  • 06/04/2021 - Hand washing demonstration at Sonegaon village

  • 07/04/2021 - Gram Swachhata abhiya at Madni Village

  • 07/04/2021 - Hand washing demonstration in the Mother and Child Wing

  • 07/04/2021 - Health Education and Poster display near Cathlab

  • 07/04/2021 - Role Play in the Medicine Building

  • 07/04/2021 - Online seminar on early childhood development

  • 08/04/21 - Hand Washing Demonstration in Gynae OPD

  • 08/04/21 - Health talk at Medicine Waiting area

  • 08/04/21 - Health talk at Medicine Waiting area

  • 08/04/21 - Shramdan

  • 09/04/2021 - Swachhata Drive in Kasturba Hospital

  • 09/04/2021 - Handwashing Demonstration at Selukate village

  • 10/04/2021 - Gram Swachhata abhiyan at Solod village

  • 10/04/2021 - Gram Swachhata abhiyan at Yesamba Village

  • 10/04/2021 - Swachhata abhiyan at Nursing College

  • 10/04/2021 - Swachhata abhiyan at Nursing College


  • 12/04/2021 - Swachhata Abhiyaan at Medicine OPD

  • 12/04/2021 - Hand Washing Demonstration at Dhotra

  • 12/04/2021 - Biomedical Waste Segregation at Kasturba Hospital

  • 12/04/2021 - Hand Washing Demonstration at Padegaon

  • 13/04/2021 - Workshop on Biomedical Waste Management and Needle Stuck Injury

  • 13/04/2021 - Training on segregation of hospital waste

  • 13/04/2021 - Training on segregation of hospital waste

  • 13/04/2021 - Health Talk for patients' relatives

  • 15/04/2021 - Posters against Single Use Plastic

  • 15/04/2021 - Hand Hygiene demonstration

  • 15/04/2021 - Role Play on Swachhata

  • 15/04/2021 - Shramdan at Nursing College

  • 15/04/2021 - Shramdan at Forensic Department


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