By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: An era of Ramakirshna Mission Hospital here to serve the needy and poor has gone down the annals of history with change of guard as Swami Kripakarananda took charge of secretary on August 2 last from incumbent secretary Swami Vishweshananda, popularly known as Partha Maharaj, on his transfer to Haridwar.
Swami Kripakarananda, a doctor by profession, who has carved a niche for himself by performing across India as a trained and accomplished Hindustani classical singer, hopefully would boost the image of RKMH, founded by Swami Prathamananda and Swami Atmasthananda with only 10-beds in October 1979 to offer quality health services to people of Arunachal Pradesh as desired by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Swami Prathamananda, also a classical singer, had served as secretary till 2002 and handed over charge to Swami Vishwatmananda who had continued till 2009.
Interestingly, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had made as surprise visit on 31.01.08 to see for himself the temple of selfless services to the ‘rogi narayans’. A moved PM later in his public address at Itanagar later had said, “I salute the selfless service of the RKMH and had announced Rs. 10 crore from his National Relief Fund for a corpus fund and requested DoNER ministry and Planning Commission to grant Rs. 30 – 40 crore to the hospital.
During his interaction with then secretary Swami Viswatmananada, he had enquired about problems they have been facing in running the hospital and the Swamiji had informed the PM about huge burden of recurring expenditure and pleaded for Rs. 50 crore as corpus fund.
Kolkata-based RKM headquarters at Belur Math then posted Swami Vishweshananda to serve 2009 to 02.08.22. He had earlier served during 1995 to 2004.
But, the RKMH continued to grow to become a modern hospital and now boasts of 263 beds, five well-equipped operation theatres, general medicine, surgical, gynecology, ENT, pediatrics, orthopedics, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, dental, radiology, pathology, homeopathy, psychiatry, dermatology, physiotherapy, ultrasonography, CT Scan, ECG, GI endoscopy, oncology, urology, yoga and naturopathy, blood bank, laboratory, telemedicine and outpatient department with a TB treatment unit, attached artificial limb fitting centre to offer ortho-aids and appliances, among others.
It runs a residential nursing school, conducts medical camps, eye camps, blood donation camps and lectures on relevant topics from time to time, fortnightly Ramnam Sankirtan and celebration of birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other prophets.