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Monday, May 9, 2011

A book, A week # 8 "Vizhi Vaelvi, Biography of Dr.G.Venkataswamy - by M.Sivalingam"

Dr.G.Venkataswamy






               Mr.M sivalingam is also the translator of  "wings of fire", the biography of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam in tamil.When he approached Dr.G.V, about wanting to write a  biography on him, Dr.G.V was a little apprehensive and did not favour the idea of his own biography since he thought it would be of no use to anybody,later he agreed.I happened to get a chance to read this book a few months back, the book includes stories of his childhood, putting his kid brothers and sisters in school and college,mentoring them, life as a physican in the indian army,becoming an eye surgeon,dealing with psoriatic arthritis(He says it was a rare gift) while performing more than a hundred thousand eye surgeries,Building up the Aravind eyecare systems and all the interesting people that he met.

              There are two kinds of people a) ordinary and b) extraordinary. Ordinary people try hard to survive in the world while extrordinary people break believes and live lives their way, while bringing a change in other's lives too.Dr.G.V, the extraordinary man that he was, never complained or cursed anybody for anything, not even god for having given him a rare disease, he was always cheerful. There was one such incident that would make us question the degree of our sense of humour. One early morning, when Dr.G.V(age 80 +) went around the hospital on his daily routine, he got a little dizzy, everyone around were startled as he wasnt in good health already, but Dr.G.V leaned on the wall next to him and once he got back to his usual self, he humored people around, saying he helped the wall from falling down.
               The book is full of interesting happenings, one such, is Dr.Abdul kalam's first visit at Aravind, as a patient! When Dr.A.P.J was a scientist at ISRO, he heard about Aravind, and wanted to go check his eyes for he had troubles with vision, He had come to Aravind with two bodyguards.Nobody knew then, he would be the future president of the nation, neither did he.After the consultation was over, he was told,that he should undergo the cataract surgery, so he was asked to go to the counter and fill forms for all the procedures to come.And when the receptionist asked for money, he realized he had forgotten his wallet, there came a member of the aravind family, she walked up to him and asked what his age was and when he said he is over  60, the lady smiled and asked him to fill up another set of forms. He had then had his cataract surgery done for free, like any other old man or woman without money. Since then, Dr.A.P.J has been a good friend to the institution and Dr.G.V.
           "Vizhi Vaelvi" , a biography of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, founder of Aravind Eye Care System, would trigger a big change in the youth’s life, said Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India while releasing the book on May 20, 2010 at Madurai. Dr. Mayilvahanan, Vice Chancellor, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University received the first copy. 
             There are many other interesting anecdotes in the book, that might inspire anyone. The book is a great read,could be a life changer and is totally worth all the time.The man is a saint, who believed in a mission  "To eradicate needless blindness".In a world full of corrupt leaders who go out of the way to save for their herd,this man here, went out of the way, to serve for the world.! He was also very much concerned about not getting carried away, when receiving prestigious awards, he thought they might deviate his crew from the mission but it never did.
               Now, Aravind is one of the world's best eye care systems, from april 2009 to march 2010, over 2.5 million people were treated and two thirds of the treatments were entirely free of cost.It is an incredible institution, with the fees of its richer patients paying for the treatment of those less well off.They have increased the productivity by doing multiple surgeries at the same time in the same operation theater,so that the resourses dont go waste.They also use two bamboo poles,a thick green canvas cloth and two metal rods to make a stretcher , so basically they dont waste money on such things, and various other alternatives are used.The infrastructure of the hospital is good and simple while nothing more than necessary.Opthalmologists from various states of India and other countries are trained here every year.Dr.G.V says"If coca-cola can sell millions of sodas and Mc.Donald can sell millions of burgers, why cant Aravind sell millions of sight restoring operations and, eventually the belief in human perfection??"

             "Aravind Eye Hospital was the first project to introduce a mobile screening unit by using a satellite connection to detect new cases of retinopathy. Since then, four other eye projects in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have replicated the model and extended care to rural areas. They have conducted professional consultations and medical procedures in remote areas where no secondary and tertiary eye care services were previously available. Throughout all the mobile eye projects, close to 300,000 people have been screened for diabetes and almost 25,000 have been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. 21,856 of these have been given sight saving laser treatment.The original Aravind project had a fundus (retinal) camera in the mobile van to examine the eyes of diabetes patients. The camera was connected via satellite to the base hospital and sent the images directly to the ophthalmologist stationed at the base hospital. He could then diagnose and advise the patients on the next course of action before they left the mobile van."



Click the link below to view the photos of the book release :            

Conclusion: If you are looking out on becoming a social entrepreneur and serving the country , DO NOT miss reading it! There are valuable information on productivity and marketing whilst serving.

information on the mobile screening was collected from:
" http://www.worlddiabetesfoundation.org/composite-2731.htm"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it available in english akka??.

Anonymous said...

Is it available in english akka??.

ABI said...

Dear thambi/thangachi but anonymous,, the book is not available in english,, soon it will be, i guess!!
:P

ABI said...

dear Thambi or thangachi anonymous, the book isnt available in english, it soon myt be.. :P