The second day of the Midterm Cardiac CME being held at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram, on ‘Surgical Spectrum for Mitral Valve Diseases’ continued with a ‘Symposium on Challenges on Mitral Valve Surgery’, followed by discussion on ‘Newer Vistas in Mitral Valve Surgery’.
The programme was attended by around 120 delegates and faculty members from across the country with some faculty attending the conference from abroad.
Speaking about the conference faculty member Dr. Mohan Sarabu, Chief Adult Cardiac Surgeon, Vassar Brother Medical Centre, New York, the USA, said that the topics at the conference would help the delegates at the conference to widen the horizons of their knowledge of the subject. “The presentations were such that they encouraged discussion among the young professionals,” he said. Mentioning about Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s health care philosophy, he said that health was a basic human need and had to be provided to all completely free of charge. “While we have progressed economically and technologically, yet we have failed to be more human, Dr. Sarabu said. “But Bhagawan Baba has shown us the way not just by words but through His actions how we should benefit the humankind,” he added.
Talking about the conference Prof. James Thomas, HoD, Cardiac Surgery, from D.Y. Patil University and Hospital, Mumbai said that the content of the conference was of high quality and many techniques were discussed regarding the mitral valve surgery, which were beneficial to the students, he said. “The quality of presentation was of a high quality, and various aspects of the mitral valve surgery were discussed, which made the conference top notch,” he added. Speaking about the philosophy of totally free healthcare being provided by Bhagawan Baba, Dr. Thomas mentioned it was a unique concept. “Here patients can just come, get all the treatment they require and walk out without ever bothering about the paying for the medical care,” he said.” “Because of this unique concept medical care can be accessed by poor people who have otherwise no access to medical care,” he added.
Delegates who attended the conference felt that the conference was enlightening. Dr. Chitralekha, a Cardiac Surgeon from SRM Hospital Chennai, said that many newer techniques of performing a Mitral Valve surgery were discussed at the conference. “I believe that the conference would benefit not just the students, but faculty also,” she said. “I hope the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, conducts such conferences every year, so that we could be a part of it” she said.
Dr. Mohit, a Cardiac Surgeon from Fortis Hospital, New Delhi, while praising the conference for its content said that he was highly impressed with the hospital. “I believe that this hospital is one of its kind, which is providing unmatched care,” he said. Cardiac Surgeons Dr. Anirudh and Dr. Ravi Kumar from Secundrabad and Coimbatore respectively, said that the programme was organized extremely well. They also felt that the attending the conference helped them to greatly improve the knowledge of the subject. “We have just one word to describe the conference and our visit to the hospital, ‘excellent’,” they said.
ALL TREATMENT PROVIDED BY THE MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS RUN BY SRI SATHYA SAI CENTRAL TRUST IS COMPLETELY FREE OF COST TO ALL THE PATIENTS.