15 December 2017

Dr. K Rajashekhara (1952)

All the time surrounded by his poor and economically down trodden patients, always busy in diagnosing the disease and the causes for ailments with a motto to serve the people and try to see a line of smile on them. He is none other than Dr. Rajashekhar, who is serving the poorest of the poor for the last 37 years.

Rajashekhar was born on 13th Feb 1952 in Bellary to Sri K. Doddana Gowda and Smt.K Hanumakka. He has three brothers and a sister. He studied in Kannada medium at Heerada Sugamma Primary School, high school at St.John’s, Bellary and passed his matriculation at the age of fourteen. After completing his intermediate course at Setra Gurushantappa P.U. College, he joined B.Sc course with Zoology major and Chemistry minor. On securing his B.Sc Degree from Veerasaiva College, he enthusiastically joined MBBS course at Sri Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugarajendra Medical College, Davanagere,Karnataka. Soon after his completion of his medical course in 1976, he started his favourite profession in 1977. Since  then, he never looked back in his profession by successfully treating lakhs of poor and needy people.

 An inborn doctor, Sri K. Rajashekhar, who has completely dedicated his life for this noble profession. He is always a calm personality and greets with a light smile whoever approaches him. He is well known among his colleagues, patients, friends and relatives for his simplicity and down to earth practices. He is a good physician and an expert in diagnosing all kinds of ailments, equally wise in prescribing best drugs available for cheaper prices in the market. Every day, he treats more than hundred patients round the clock, people not only from Bellary city visits him but also from surrounding 50 to 60 remote villages of Bellary and border villages of Andhra Pradesh comes for his medical and humane treatment.

Recollecting his experiences, with great calm Dr. Rajashekhar, went on narrating the things to the author about the incidents, when he was living at Kambli bazaar, Bellary. He used to attend the emergency patients, whoever knocks the door of his house even at midnights. This midnight emergency services, went on not for a day or two,  neither for a year or two, but it continued for almost two decades! When I asked him “weren’t you annoyed by this kind of uninvited midnight emergency treatments"? His reply was very simple and profound, "my profession is like this and I should attend such emergency calls, after all it is a question of life and death of my patients”.

This nobel man, Rajashekar has a small and happy family. He expresses his deep sense of gratitude to his life partner Smt.Rathna for her never tired and retired services, encouragement and accomplishment. Two daughters Smitha and Ashwini are software engineers who equally fell proud of their father and to his noble commitment to the poor and down- trodden people.

Farmers, labourers, richshaw pullers, tea vendors, hawkers, vegetable sellers, house maids, street cleaners, petty shopkeepers all straight away rush  to this great man at the time of their ill health. Majority of them believe that he has born to address their aliments and to wipe out their pains and tears! Many of  his close associates are in the opinion that "in place of Dr. Rajashekhar,  if somebody were there then, they would have been running three   to four nursing homes and made money in an unimaginable way”

Expressing his thoughts Rajashekhar opines that the new generation doctors, rule out the diseases rather than diagnosing them. The slow fall down of the clinical diagnosis among the doctors of younger generation, is a matter of great concern, he regrets. Maximum benefits and treatments should be given at the clinic only and one has to avoid unnecessary hospitalization, this is his firm belief. He recollects that, he is treating a HIV Patient for the past 37 years and even today, the patient is doing well. Out of his vast experiences, he has proved that epilepsy and paralysis can also be treated at the clinical level without hospitalization. He is of the fixed opinion that, doctors should be judicious in prescribing   the drugs; Knowledge is ever growing, acquiring it by learning and practicing is a never ending process.

Rajashekhar has a good habit of reading new edition medical text books and articles in the medical magazines. He constantly updated his knowledge and is ever ready to give of his best to the needy people. Quacks and quackery is highly condemnable, people should never encourage such unethical and dangerous practices, he cautions! During his beginning days of his profession, he was an active member of lions club and conducted many free health check up camps on behalf of the club. He almost served the club for a decade i.e. from 1977 to 1987, and played a pivotal role in giving good programmes to the people of Bellary. Since 1977, he is an active member of Indian medical associations (IMA). He was affectionately honored by IMA in 2008, on the occasion of Doctors' day.

This humble man Dr. Rajashekhar expresses his sincere gratitude to his senior doctors, for their moral support and encouragement. His piece of advice to the junior doctors is to do hard work, exhibit sincerity in work and be patient towards the patients. One final comment  from him was, that he has no regrets for his profession and he expresses his complete satisfaction for whatever he has done from his true and  sincere mind with a loving heart!

He completed his MBBS at Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, MD from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and PGDMBI from Biotechnology Institute of India.
He worked as Asst. Surgeon and Hon. Medical Officer at Medical College Hospital, Bellary

He served as Chairman of Bellary Urban Development Authority, Bellary, Director, Tungabhadra Gramina Bank, Bellary, President, Indian Medical Association, Bellary, President, Rotary Club of Bellary and Member of Coconut Development Board, Govt. of India, Bangalore.

Presently he is the Medical Director of Basaveswara Medical Centre, Bellary, Vice-President of India Red Cross, Bellary and Chairman of Ethical Committee, VIMS, Bellary.

He is also an active politician.

Born on 25.07.58 at Dharwad.
Parents: Anantachar. Kinhal (Late) (Retd. Spl. DC 1978) and Smt.Shakunthala Bai. (Late)
Family: Smt.Suma.V. Kinhal, Sons, Dr.Sudhanva .V.Kinhal, MBBS & Mr.Uddhava Studying in III MBBS at Raichur.

EDUCATION:

  • SSLC: Municipal High School Bellary 1974—78.84%
  • PUC: Municipal Junior College Bellary 1976—83.42% 11 Th Rank To The State.
  • MBBS: Passed In First Class From 1 To Final Mbbs Karnatak University 1982
  • MS: General Surgery 1986 Gulbarga University.
  • FAIS: ASI Bhuvaneswar 2007


SERVICE:

  • Medical Officer: PHC, Mudgal Raichur Dist:1985-87.
  • Asst. Surgeon: VIMS Bellary 1987-1991.
  • Lecturer in Surgery VIMS:1991-1998.
  • Asst. Professor in Surgery:1998-2002.
  • Professor of Surgery 2002 till date.
  • Prof & Head of Dept of Surgery 2007.
  • Superintendent, VIMS Hospital, Bellary –from July 2007 to Jan 2012.
  • President, IMA Bellary Branch 2011-2012.
  • Member, PG Board of Studies Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.


ACADEMIC:

  • Presented a paper titled “Thoracoscopic Hydatid Cyst Lung Excision” in International AMASICON Conference held at Hyderabad in 2006.
  • Presented Prestigious “R.B.Patil Symposium” in ASI-KSC Gulbarga in 2008.
  • Faculty for PG CME Held at Bmc, Bangalore in 2007,
  • Also Invited as Faculty for PG CME at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore.
  • Poster Presentations in ASI-KSC during 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
  • Presented Balkrishna Memorial Symposium At ASI-KSC on Ano-Rectal Diseases at Bagalkote, 2010.
  • Mahadevan Award Paper at At ASI-KSC Bijapur, 2011.
  • Published Paper in Indian Journal of Surgery - July 2010 “Pancreatic Schwanoma”


SOCIAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Joint-Secretary, IMA, Bellary Branch – 1992.
  • Secretary, IMA, Bellary Branch – 1993-94.
  • Vice-President, IMA, Bellary Branch – 1994-95.
  • Joint Secretary, Lions Club of Bellary – 1996.
  • Secretary, Lions Club of Bellary – 1997-98.
  • President, Lions Club of Bellary – 1997-98.
  • Secretary, Old Students Association, VIMS, Bellary – 1998-2002.
  • Vice-President, Teachers Association, VIMS, Bellary – 2002.
  • President, Teachers Association – 2003.
  • Secretary, VIMS Development Committee – 2001.
  • Executive Committee Member, ASI-KSC – 2008.
  • Secretary, VIMS Development Trust


ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • One Room Constructed in IMA as Secretary.
  • Operation Theatre & Bus Shelter Constructed as Secretary-President of Lions Club of Bellary Respectively.
  • Vikrama –Guest House first of its kind in Govt .Medical College in Karnataka Built at a Cost of 17.74 Lakhs. Donations by Old Students of Bellary VIMS. This was done as Secretery of the Association. Now two more rooms are being added during this year of his Presidentship.


IMPROVEMENTS IN GENERAL SURGERY DEPARTMENT.

  • Surgical Out-Patient Department was given a face lifting by making Aluminium Partitions for Patients Examination & for Doctors.
  • Seminar Hall Is Now With Computer & LCD Projector. All PG Teaching & Subject Seminars are in Power-Point Presentation Now.
  • For Pgs Super Specialists Teaching Introduced.
  • Separate Ultrasound Made Available To Dept. of Surgery.
  • In Operation Theatre state of art Three-Chip Camera Laparoscopy Unit Introduced. Ceiling out Lamps, New Operation Theatre Tables, New Digital Cautery Machines Procured.


HOSPITAL IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Anti-rabies Vaccine was consuming Rs.48 lakhs per annum. A new thai regimen for anti-rabies vaccine treatment was introduced after getting concurrence from WHO, ICMR, and Regional Vaccine Institute, Hyderabad. Personal for the same were trained at Hyderabad. This is saving of a whopping 36 lakhs per annum to the institution with higher end treatment also.
  • Drug position of the centre improved with 23 types of antibiotics, all anesthetic drugs.
  • Hospital out-patient, in-patient, admitting counters fully computerized.
  • All biochemical investigations hitherto not available introduced. ABG made available.
  • All four dialysis units have been put to use without a single days gap in last 8 months.


Message from DR.VIDYADHAR KINHAL,

The above achievements are not be considered as only mine as the whole team should be given the credit. Especially for the improvements in the department of General Surgery & Hospital Improvements, I will be failing in my duty if I don’t recognize the co-operation of beloved Director Dr.B.Devanand, whose zeal to develop the institution is incomparable.

Dr Rajashekhar S Ganiger, born on 27/03/1973 at Kotumachagi, Taluk Gadag, Dist. Gadag
Present position:  Asst professor & HOD, dept of Dravyaguna. Govt. Taranath Ayurvedic Medical College Bellary.
Education: Primary- Kotumachagi, Gadag, Secondary- Gadag, Graduation- BAMS from DGM AMC Gadag in the year 1996-97 secured rank to university and Post Graduation-M.D. (Dravyaguna) from GAMC Bangalore in the year 2000.

Active member for:

  • Central Council of Indian Medicine
  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
  • Dept. of Ayush, Govt. of India


Social Activities:

  • “Swayam Sevak” of RSS since childhood.
  • Activist of ABVP, served in many positions, responsibilities National and State level, organized “Jignyasa” National level Conference two times.
  • Nominated in many committees.
  • Associated with many social organizations.
  • Led many agitations and movements.
  • Organized State Level Ayush Doctors Association called AFI (Ayush Federation of India), which is recognized by Govt. of Karnataka under Medical Establishment Act and having membership of ten thousand doctors across the state. And served as a founder President.

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