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AAPI Physicians visit Kidney-Hospital in Rajkot, December 2013

Meetings organized by AAPI often include pre-summit tours that are unique and of particular interest to members of AAPI and our AAPI- Charitable Foundation. The pre-summit tour in December of 2013, just before the Global Health Summit (GHS) was indeed memorable and noteworthy. The highlight of the tour was our visit to the B. T. Savani Kidney Hospital (BTSK). Dr. Pradip Kansagra and his team of consultants, trustees, and dedicated hospital staff invited all 32 physicians for dinner and visit at his charitable Kidney Institute in Rajkot.

 

AAPI team received a very warm welcome by BTSK. We were given the opportunity to interview patients and hospital staff, and honored to inaugurate several dialysis machines. The cleanliness of the hospital was impressive, but more importantly, the incredible charity work performed by the dedicated consultants and staff was truly remarkable.

 

Since its inception, in 2003, BTSK has organized around 80 free Uro-Nephrological camps and performed over 200,000 Dialysis, out of which around 60% are free. BTSK is best known for its Mega-surgical camps (called Maha Yagna), during which they treat thousands of patients without cost.

 

As I mentioned during my inauguration speech, BTSK tertiary care Center is performing unparalleled humanitarian services by providing affordable and even free Urology and Nephrology care for needy patients in the Kutch and Saurashtra region. I believe they are doing an excellent job in providing kidney ailment solutions through excellence in patient care, empathy in nursing and innovative practices using technological advances, despite meager resources.

 

BTSK is a top-tier, not for profit hospital in Rajkot that provides high quality medical care for over a patient population of over ten million. It is the spirit of service, rather than the high-performance metrics, that characterizes BTSK and set it apart from the rest.

 

I feel we were fortunate and blessed to have visited this excellent tertiary care institution engaged in high volume inspirational work. They are doing considerable charity work without personal gain, performing only necessary surgeries for needy people, thus cutting down iatrogenic injuries. It is no exaggeration that opportunities to learn from each other are plentiful here. Several of our AAPI members felt that they would love to revisit BTSK and be of help to the hospital and community, and patients in particular.