A Govt Subsidiary Health Centre (SHC), comprising five rooms has been functioning in Village Moranwali, District Hoshiarpur since 1960 staffed by two MBBS doctors, a pharmacist and a class IV employee. Moranwali, the ancestral village of Babuji Jaswant Singh and his family and Nanke of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. It is one of the largest villages in the area. In October 2000 in response to a unanimous appeal by the Moranwali Gram Panchayat and the village community at large, Dr. Karamjit Singh Rai, an NRI from USA, undertook the construction of a 10 - Bed hospital named S. Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Hospital (JSRMH hereafter), in the memory of his father, consisting of 7 rooms, 4 attached bath rooms, a large lobby, and a verandah, under the auspices of and funded by S. Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Public Charitable Trust that he founded. The new Hospital building is connected with the older SHC building. It was completed in April 2001, at a cost of approximately 15 lac rupees.
A.The details of the facilities provided in the JSRM Hospital are as under:
1. Male and female wards with 4 beds each and a semi-private ward with two beds. These wards are connected with three attached baths and a bath room for visitors.
2. A Dental Clinic Room.
3. An Opthalmology Clinic Room including Minor Operation Theatre and delivery room.
4. A room for Medical Officer, Nurse’s room and a Store room.
5. A spatious lobby and a verandah adjoining male and female wards.
6 The Hospital has been completely furnished and equipped with state of the art facilities including 10 beds, general medical, dental (including a mechanical chair), and opthalmological equipment costing approximately 1.5 lac rupees.
A Residential Complex consisting of a one bed room suite for the Duty Medical Officer and a two bed room suite for Staff nurse(s) was constructed in 2002 at the Hospital premises at a cost of another approximately 5 lac rupees .
An Administrative Block of four rooms,one for the SMO with an attached bath, two rooms for the administrative staff, and a store have been constructed in 2004 at an approximate cost of 5 lac rupees. Thus the total expenses incurred on the JSRMH Project to establish, equip and furnish the Hospital Building, and to construct the Residential and Administrative Complexes amount to approximately 27 lacs rupees.
In addition, the TRUST and Moranwali inhabitants have been and shall continue to provide basic medicines free of cost to the needy. Moreover, free Medical Camps, starting in 2001 are conducted once a year covering various specializations at the Hospital premises with the entire cost borne by the Trust.
The Punjab Govt. Health and & Family Welfare Department officially took over the JSRM Hosp and the related infrastructure effective March 10, 2003 and on March 4, 2004, it approved shifting of Primary Health Care Center from village Possi to the JSRM Hospital in Moranwali approximately 1 ½ km away because of the availability of superior health care facilities and infrastructure at Moranwali and the lack of the same at Possi. This would allow effective utilization of the state of the art health care infrastructure established in Moranwali to provide around the clock, in - patient, health care to some 25 villages around Moranwali. As a result, PHC at JSRMH in Moranwali will become the nerve center to deliver vitally needed health care in a largely underdeveloped region of Punjab.
D.Free Medical Camps at S. Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Hospital, Moranwali
1.GENERAL MEDICAL CAMPS:
Besides the regular daily OPD, free, one day, Medical Camps have been organized and conducted by the Trust once a year since 2001 covering 7-8 medical specializations at the JSRMH in close cooperation with Punjab Government’s Health and Human Welfare Department under the jurisdiction of Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur. Appropriate protocols were established in 2001 with the Civil Surgeon’s Office to conduct thes Camps. Following a formal request from the Trust, MBBS level medical specialists representing different disciplines are deputed for a pre-arranged specific date during the last week of December each year. These Specialists are drawn from various Primary Health Centers (PHC), Community Health Centers (CHC) and Civil Hospitals in Garhshankar and Hoshiarpur. The specializations include pediatrics, cardiology, opthalmology, orthopedic and dental surgery, family medicine and gynaecology. Intensive efforts are made by the Trust to advertise the Camp dates through a Computer printed large Banner announcing Camp details placed at the entrance to the JSRMH gate 2-3 weeks ahead of the Camp dates and through repeated announcements of the same at various gurudwaras in the village following the morning and evening congregations. The lists of all medications as recommended by the physicians and expected to be used each year at the Camp are purchased by the Trust generally from the large whole-sale specialized medical Market, named Dilkusha, in Jalandhar and made available at the JSRMH prior to the Camp dates. Any medications that run out during the Camp and/or the ones not originally purchased are picked up at a fairly large Medical Store in front of the JSRMH in Moranwali on the spot. All medications prescribed by the attending physicians to the OPD patients are provided completely free to patients and paid for by JSRM Trust without any exceptions whatsoever. The pharmacist and other ancilliary staff of JSRMH assist in the smooth conduct of the entire Camps..
A record of the details of OPD patients examined at the yearly General Medical Camps is maintained by the Hospital Staff. It indicates that over the years the total number of patients examined in these Camps has ranged from a maximum of 150 in 2013 to 60 in 2014 and the total cost of the same ranged from Rs. 13,850/- in 2013 to Rs. 9500/- in 2014.
2.EYE DISEASES CAMPS:
In December 2006 separate annual Opthalmological ( Eye Diseases) Camps were also initiated following the suggestion of my youngest brother, Nirvair Singh and his wife, Gurpreet Kaur who reside in UK since early 1960s and who return to India each year to, among other things, participate in these one day camps. Till 2006 eye diseases OPDs were included in the so-called General Medical Camps. Since then Nirvair and Gurpreet not only proposed the desirability of these as separate one day camps but have also very generously insisted on completely paying for all of the expanses incurred each year for the same.
These camps are more elaborate and besides the general opthalmological OPD, they include provision for cataract and glaucoma surgery also. Following extensive discussions with the Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur specialized protocols were put in place in 2006. The examination of patients and recommendation of those requiring cataract and/or glaucoma surgery is undertaken by Dr. Prem Bharti, a Senior Eye Specialist and his team from Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, at S. Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Hospital, Moranwali. However, the surgery itself is performed either at the Community Health Center (CHC), Mahilpur only a couple of kilometers from JSRMH, or at the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur. The Intra-Ocular lenses are provided by H&FW, Punjab Govt. Arrangements for the transportation of the patients requiring cataract and/or glaucoma surgery are made by the Trust via SUVs both on the day of the surgery from JSRMH, Moranwali to Hoshiarpr or Mahilpur and their return the same evening back to their homes. The same is repeated one more time after generally two days for a routine check up and to get the eye bandages placed around the eyes following the surgery removed. Free sun glasses (goggles) are provided to all the patients by the Trust to protect their eyes from light following the surgery.
In addition, arrangements are also made each year by the Trust with an Optometrist at Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur to tailor-make and provide eye glasses with individual specifications for all patients as may need the same. All materials required for eye surgery, eye drops and any other needed medications, goggles, specially fabricated prescription glasses are paid for by the Trust resources. The individually fabricated glasses are distributed to the patients at the conclusion of the General Medical Camp which is always scheduled a few days after the eye diseases Camp.
During the past nine years (2006 – 2014) that the Eye Diseases Camps have been conducted, following statistics provide a glimpse of the year to year variation in various parameters employed:
Total # of patients examined: A minimum of 53 in 2014 and a maximum 127 in 2013.
Total # of patients undergoing cataract surgery: A minimum of 6 in 2006; maximum of 30 in 2014.
Total # of patients provided prescription glasss: 19 in 2006 and 80 in 2008.
Total Cost: Rs. 24,500/- in 2010 to Rs. 47,000 in 2013.
In conclusion, the establishment of the S. Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Hospital and the related infrastructure in Moranwali represents a land-mark intiative by The Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Public Charitable Trust to endow a major Health-Care facility to serve a largely underdeveloped, rural region of Punjab. Overall, though the founding of a Charitable Trust in the memory of my father and having had the opportunity of using it as an instrument to both replicate and possibly extend their living legacy they bequeathed to their future generations in the domains of education, health care and service to the needy. My parents practiced the cardinal Sikh Value of “Sewa” by opening their minds and heart and yes their ‘castle’-the home to provide ready access to superior educational and health care facilities to all in need. The Trust institutionalized in their memory in 1999 used the approach of Institutional Building to improve the quality of educational and health care delivery on an ad- infinitum basis for all future generations. The opportunity to take up the mantle of their legacy and to walk in their footsteps during the last close to twenty years has been enormously gratifying.