Gowthami (Dhanwantari) Cooperative
Society, belong to the Scheduled Castes of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts, have come out in a novel way to serve the lower strata of the society, by providing quality health care at affordable rate.
A group of like minded have come together and have constructed 'Gowthami Co-operative Hospital, Medical Education and research Center. With this, the Mysuru to have its first 100-bed cooperation hospital at Srirampura. This is said to be the third Co-operative Hospital in State, after Hassan and Belgaum.
The Sangha which has members of more than 700, started their medical service in a rented house in 1996, and down the years by raising funds began to construct hospital. The construction of first phase of the hospital is completed, and is equipped with 20-bed, laboratory, radiology section, pharmacy and other basic requirements. As they mobilise the funds, thehospital works will be completed soon.
The brain child of the project is Dr Ranganathaiah, retired Chief Physician at KR Hospital. Addressing the media persons here on Wednesday, he said in four phase the works will be completed, and their vision is to provide quality health care for poor people at nominal charge and free for those cant afford. We have adequate facilities and specialist doctors to treat patients, he adds.
'About 65 lakhs has been spent to complete first phase of construction, and we have raised funds including elected reps. The hospital to benefit thousands of poor people in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar,' he added. CM Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the hospital on February 5.