People Who Make the Difference
scarf on the neck and "Sai Ram" on the lips, are
their hallmark. Every fortnight they come, from states all
over the country, to render a period of relentless service
in the holy hospital. They are the Seva Dal force- the people
who make the difference, in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of
Higher Medical Sciences.
You can find them almost everywhere in the Hospital. As a
patient enters the Hospital, the Seva Dal volunteers greet
him at the gates and guide the patient to the Department he
wishes to go to. Their kind words and caring demeanor, restore
the patient's spirit, right away. For the feeble and ailing,
the volunteers are ready with wheelchairs.
the registration counter, the multilingual volunteers serve
as translators. They take the utmost care of the patient's
security and comfort. Infants, the old, and the very sick,
are attended to immediately, thanks to the efficient triaging
done by the volunteers. The volunteers are a big support to
the OPD staff and doctors, as it is they who regulate and
control patient flow into the consultation rooms. Some skilled
Seva Dal volunteers even actively participate in direct patient
volunteers are the 'messengers' and 'couriers' who ply between
departments. They bring in the essential surgical and medical
supplies. They transfer samples between various laboratories.
Some of them support nurses in escorting patients to the various
departments; others assist in arranging patient files and
ordering medical records. No matter what the job is, the volunteers
execute it with an effective enthusiasm and efficiency.
In the Department of Dietetics, the volunteers help the dietitians
in every step of preparing food for the patients. At mealtime,
they take the food in to the ward, personally serve it to
every patient there, and ensure that all patients have had
their fill. It's only after completing the task, that they
go and have their meal. Meanwhile, other volunteers are busy
in the canteen, serving food to the staff of the hospital;
taking care of the caregivers themselves.
they clean and spruce up the place, for the next day. They
softly sing Bhajans and go about sweeping and mopping almost
the entire floor area of the hospital. They wipe the windows,
dust the furniture and make the place spotlessly clean.
Yes, some of these volunteers are professionals,
highly qualified and immensely regarded. Yet, they have no
qualms in doing any task, high or low. They take it all as
a rare opportunity to serve and be a part of their Lord's
grand Mission. Through this, they not only alleviate suffering,
but they also experience a deep sense of spiritual fulfillment
and elevate their lives to nobler heights.