Rare distinction for Mysuru Ayurveda college, hospital

Rare distinction for Mysuru Ayurveda college, hospital

City-based JSS Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital has become the fourth institution in the nation to secure the accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Health Care Industry (NABH).

The other three institutions are All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in New Delhi, Ahalia Ayurvedic Medical College in Palakkad, Kerala, and KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research in Belagavi, which offers courses in Ayurveda. Despite being a pioneer in teaching Ayurvedic medicine, the century-old Government Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital (GAMC), in the city, is yet to catch up.

The GAMC, established in the year 1908, was initially a part of the Sriman Maharaja Samskrita Graduation and Post Graduation Centre, which is popular as Maharaja's Samskrita Patashala. Later, it was established as a separate institution.

The JSS Ayurveda Hospital was started on MG Road, in Mysuru, in August 1992. Later, it was shifted to a 15-acre campus on the outskirts of the city at Lalithadripura, at the foot of Chamundi Hill in 2011. The hospital is surrounded by a herbal garden, from where most of the medicines are produced.

Initially, the hospital catered to the needs of the poor and rural people of Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and Mandya districts. At present, it is attracting people from across the world.

Quality clinical services are extended to economically weak patients at affordable costs. Camps are organised at villages with free consultation and medicines. Awareness camps like 'Ayur life - Way of life' are being conducted for corporate people.

R Mahesh, in-charge director (medical education), JSS Mahavidyapeetha, said, as the institution has achieved a milestone, it will apply for National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Accreditation now.

"The NABH accreditation is valid for three years and it will be renewed after periodical assessments. The NABH team can inspect the institution at any point in time to check for the standards. The institution has to achieve 581 objectives under 10 chapters to fulfil the criteria for NABH accreditation. It demands equal treatment for patients across various cost packages. Only accommodation facility varies," he said.

Dr Rajesh Udapudi, medical superintendent and principal, said, CEO of NABH Dr Harish Nadkarni will present the accreditation certificate in the presence of Suttur seer Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami. "District in-charge Minister H C Mahadevappa, MLAs Vasu, G T Devegowda and M K Somasekhar, DC D Randeep, Police Commissioner Dr A S Rao, Mahavidyapeetha secretary S P Manjunath, executive secretary C G Betsurmath, S Shivakumaraswamy and in-charge VC of University of Mysore C Basavaraju will be present," he said.

Professor Dr Shivaprasad Huded said, the NABH accreditation will help patients claim reimbursement from medical insurance packages.

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