- Under Rotary project, Fortis Mohali has saved the lives of 400 economically disadvantaged children in India and abroad by conducting their cardiac surgeries in partnership with Rotary Club of Chandigarh
NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : International service organization, Rotary International today feted Fortis Hospital Mohali for achieving the milestone of conducting 400 cardiac surgeries of economically disadvantaged children in India and abroad under the Rotary Heartline Project in partnership with Rotary Club of Chandigarh.
Mr Ashish Bhatia, Regional Director, North, Fortis Healthcare Ltd, received the 400th Heart Surgery plaque from World President of Rotary International, Mr K.R. Ravindran. He was accompanied by Mr. Abhijit Singh, Facility Director, Fortis Mohali, and Dr Gurbir Singh, Regional Medical Director – North, Fortis Healthcare.
Other dignitaries present at the felicitation ceremony held at Fortis Hospital Mohali were Ms Vanathy, wife of the World President of Rotary International, and Mr Rajendra K Saboo, former World President of Rotary International, besides senior Rotarians and Fortisians.
Speaking on the occasion, Rotary International President Mr K R Ravindran commended Fortis Hospital Mohali for its contribution to the humanitarian cause and for saving the valuable lives of children from around the world.
Acknowledging Mr Ravindran’s commendation, Mr Ashish Bhatia, said, “Fortis remains committed to the cause of quality, compassionate patient care and for supporting the healthcare needs of vulnerable sections of society.”
He also commended the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery team, at Fortis Mohali, led by Dr T S Mahant, Executive Director, and said, “Working with the Rotary Club has been a great privilege that is in complete alignment with the corporate philosophy of Fortis, articulated by the late Dr Parvinder Singh, Founder Chairman, Fortis Healthcare.”
Former Rotary International President Mr Rajendra K. Saboo complimented the management of Fortis for their exceptional contribution in making Rotary Heartline Project a success, and standing by the commitment that the Rotary Club of Chandigarh has made to the children suffering from congenital cardiac disease, “Let no child die for want of money”.
Mr Bhatia, who was the signatory to the MoU on behalf of Fortis in 2006, said it was indeed humbling to see that 400 children had received a fresh lease of life due to the partnership between Fortis and Rotary.
The project was initiated in 2004 with PGI as one of the partners, Fortis came on board in 2006, and since then has successfully operated and saved 580 lives of children not only from India but also from Pakistan, Nepal, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria and Rwanda, added President, Rotary Club Chandigarh, Mr. D.P. Singh.
Recalling the first few surgeries in 2006, Dr T S Mahant, Executive Director, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, said 11-month-old Junaid from Karachi, Pakistan, was one of the first few children who was brought in a critical stage and was operated upon successfully.
Some of the patients who had been operated under the programme also participated in the function and received a hamper of goodies from Rotary. A few regular donors to the Rotary Heartline project were also feted on this occasion.
Fortis Charitable Foundation through the Fortis network across the country runs a number of programs to benefit communities in the vicinity of its hospitals. These programs have grown over the years with support from partners and stakeholders including NGOs, Government, Corporate bodies and Educational institutions.