Being one of the most thickly populated states in India, Uttar Pradesh witnesses an enormous gap between the demand and supply of quality medical care. While the state is also home to a large number of places of religious interest, the situation is no different in any part of the state from the other. Several pilgrims struggle to find appropriate medical help in times of emergency.
Acknowledging the severity of this problem, Niira Radia led Nayati Healthcare has set up Sri Kashi Vishwanath Arogya Mandir. Aimed at providing immediate medical care to the pilgrims visiting the fabled temple, along with the locals, the unit is set up within the temple premises, under the aegis of Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust.
It is estimated that the monthly footfall of visitors at Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple stands somewhat between 1.2 million to 1.5 million pilgrims. Considering this enormous number of visitors, the presence of a medical unit equipped to provide essential healthcare facilities and handle emergency situations was quite necessary.
The impact of Niira Radia’s Nayati Healthcare was seen on the very first day of the opening of Arogya Mandir, where the unit treated over 350 patients. The unit has catered to the healthcare needs of over 8,500 patients till November 2019, ever since its inauguration in late September 2019. About 70 per cent of these patients were the locals, while 30 per cent were devotees visiting the temple from other parts of the country and the world.
Nayati Arogya Mandir’s model is as impactful as it is simple. The location of the legendary Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the sheer footfall at the temple makes the initiative extremely useful for the locals and the pilgrims alike. This model is similar to the one adopted by Niira Radia for the fleet of Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in Badrinath Dham, back in 2012.
Talking about the initiative, Niira Radia had said that Nayati has always been in the forefront in rendering medical support for pilgrims whether it is Badrinath, Kedarnath or the Mahakumbh at Allahabad. She emphasized upon the struggle pilgrims face due to the dearth of immediate medical aid.
“Ever since Nayati began its journey from Badrinath in 2012, our teams have been working relentlessly to impart healthcare services to the masses through our hospitals and medical mobile units. Our learnings with the pilgrims are fuelling our commitment to taking quality healthcare closer to the masses who need it the most by creating strategic hubs of treatment and facilities across the country,” Niira Radia said.