"Religious institutions survive by helping poor"

Special Correspondent

Haemodialysis unit inaugurated at Sri Narayani Hospital

VELLORE: Minister for Public Works Department and Law Durai Murugan inaugurated a haemodialysis unit at the Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre run by the Om Sakthi Narayani Siddar Peedam Charitable Trust in the presence of Sri Sakthi Amma, its managing trustee, in Thirumalaikkodi on Friday.

The Rotary Club of Vellore Fort and Rotary International District-6000, Davenport, U.S. donated the unit costing Rs.12 lakh under the Rotary International's matching grant project.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that religious organisations could survive only if they render service to the poor. He noted that Sri Narayani Peedam was not only carrying out spiritual activities but was also involved in social welfare and educational activities.

Christianity not only spread to all parts of the world but also survived because of its medical and educational service to the society.

Sri Sakthi Amma said that there were two kinds of happiness in the world. One type was the happiness in receiving help, and the other was the happiness one got in giving.

The second one instilled the desire to give more to others and made more people happy and gave lasting joy, which brought peace to Man, he said.

Karthikeyan, a doctor in the hospital, said that the haemodialysis unit was a boon to the people of Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts having end-stage renal failure, who were solely dependent on dialysis and could not afford a renal transplant.

Poor to benefit

Since the facility of dialysis was available in only one hospital in Vellore district, the haemodialysis unit in the Sri Narayani Hospital would benefit the poor in the districts.

Sv. Rm. Ramanathan, Past District Governor, Rotary District 3230, said that the Rotary Movement had spent Rs.3, 000 crore on eradication of polio.

He announced a donation of Rs. one lakh to the hospital on the occasion.

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