Fresh impetus to Health Foundation

Shastry V. Mallady

Government Rajaji Hospital to get new facilities

MADURAI: Activities of Madurai Health Foundation, situated in the Government Rajaji Hospital here, have gained momentum in recent weeks with philanthropists coming forward to contribute to the improvement of hospital infrastructure and amenities.

In another important development, the Income Tax Department, last week, has granted Section 80(G) exemption to all contributions made by donors to the foundation.

While Madurai Tamil Isai Sangam came forward to adopt the entire paediatric block, Kannaththal Travels donated a phototherapy unit costing Rs.68,000 for the benefit of paediatric patients.

The TVS Group is providing for two bore-wells in the hospital so that patients will have a regular water supply.

K. Bose, Chief Advisor of the foundation, told The Hindu on Saturday that contributions started pouring in after a period of lull and the Collector, D. Raajendiran, along with the GRH Dean, took steps to attract more donors.

While outside contributions had picked up substantially since last month, GRH doctors too were making donations in cash following the personal contribution made by the hospital Dean, Dr. Bose said.

Repair and renovation works had been taken up in the paediatric wing to give a new look to wards. Dr. Bose said the hospital received the phototherapy unit, a vital machinery, on Friday.

IT exemption was obtained through the initiative of the Collector and this would bring more donations, he said adding that Madurai Kidney Centre donated a multimedia computer.