Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission

Award for his healing touch

V. Narayanan, Chief Medical Officer, Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, a charitable institution functioning at Attappady for more than a decade, has won the SBI Day Award.

The award, comprising Rs.1 lakh and a citation, will be presented to Dr. Narayanan by State Bank of India general manager Antonio Jose Disuza at a function to be held in Thiruvananthapuram.

Dr. Narayanan was inspired by the words of Swami Vivekananda while he was a medical student in Thiruvananthapuram. After his post-graduation in paediatrics, he shifted to Attappady.

“The initial years in Attappady were spent in studying the community, especially the tribal people and their needs. A mobile medical unit was started in November 2002 with a few local youth to help in dispensing medicines,” Dr. Narayanan said.

No pay

During this period, about three years, Dr. Narayanan worked without any remuneration, and he later launched the Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, said P. Manikandan, administrator of the mission.

It was registered as a charitable trust in 2004 and Dr. Narayanan continues as its Chief Medical Officer.

He launched a ‘Village Health Worker Programme’ by involving volunteers selected from various villages. It has volunteers in 75 villages now. This volunteer network delivers the health programmes of the mission to the villages.

Dr. Narayanan had organised tribal women to form self-help groups and given them livelihood training, said Mr. Manikandan.