Orientation visit to AIMS KOCHI


The social work trainees started their orientation visit to AIMS, Kochi on 21/08/2013 at 6.00 am. Amrita Institute of Medical Science or AIMS, a 1200 bed super-speciality hospital in Cochin, Kerala is a result of Amma’s desire to provide outstanding and affordable medical care to all regardless of one’s ability to pay. And now Amrita, one of Asia’s premier medical hospitals is a world – class institution of medicine, academics, and research where medical aid is provided to patients from all parts of India and the world. Ron Gottsegen is the Executive Director and Dr. Prem Nair is the Medical Director of AIMS.

The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified and NABH, NABL, NACC- “A” grade accredited private medical college inaugurated on May 17, 1998 by then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in presence of Mata Amritanandamayi, the founder of AIMS. . This massive healthcare infrastructure with over 3,330,000 sq. ft of built-up area spread over 125 acres of land, supports a daily patient volume of about 3000 outpatients and 900 in patients. There at AIMS, they consider patient as the deity and workers as worshipers.


By imparting all these informations, Ms. Remya (HR officer) handed over her duty to Ms. Shiny (SW co-ordinator, AIMS) to have a talk on the Importance/Role of medical social worker in AIMS. The Medical Social work dept of AIMS started its functioning with a number of 5 social workers on January 1, 2001. At present it has a strength of 40 numbers of SWs and among them 25 SWs are directly under Medical Social Work dept. The service they provided has covered over 20 medical depts with a feeling of genuine smile, compassionate look, casing words and soothing touch. The dept of Medical social work has duel HODship were Sanjeev Singh is the supreme, under him comes the Functional HOD, SW co-ordinator, Senior SW and SW trainees.

Later after that session all the orientation visit trainees got divided into 12 groups consisting 3 members each to understand the vital and various role a social worker could play on those depts. Every group had a medical social worker (AIMS) to guide them and to install them the specialities of that particular dept they deal with and it was an awesome experience for the trainees to bag knowledge and scopes of social work field. The 12 group were send to depts. like: MICU, Oncology, Nephrology,
Pulmonology, Ophthalmology, Gastrointestinal surgery, Gynaecology, Neurology, Gastro medicine, Stroke medicine, Neuro surgery and Blood bank.


These groups took almost 1 hour for observing and understanding the functioning of their assigned depts. By 1 pm all the trainees, teachers and AIMS SWs got satdown for an open discussion on what they observed and grabbed from there. One from each groups presented and shared their experience and ideas they got from their depts, likewise all 12 groups indulged in an effective discussion and by 1.30 pm the session got dispersed.

Report By: Anjali Mohan

Photos : Joby T lal


Orientation Visit @ Gandhibhavan Pathanapuram on 3/08/2013


The social work trainees started for orientation visit to gandhi bhavan , pathanapuram on 3/8/13 at 9.00 am .Gandhi bhavan is a home for the abandoned and the destitute. It’s a trust formed by the Sri Punalur Somarajan, who is the secretary of the agency. His dream to find a shelter for those who are mentally retarded, lonely, depressed and isolated and to help the poor and needy in the nook and  corner of this state is the reason for the formation of the agency. It is spread in 1 acre and 8cent. There are different building is known by different names they are sneha gramam, sneha rajyam, sneha dwep, santhitheeram, sneha sayanya bhavan, sneha sagaram, sneha lokam, sneha asramam, sneha vandhanam, manodhyana bhavan, annapoornalayam, snehageetham  (an auditorium).

There are about 850 people living in the agency. Out of them 100 have relatives. People from outside kerala is also there. There are many staffs including nurses, social workers, counsellers, psycho therapist, other volunteers  etc. Many outsiders came there to celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries, etc with the inmates and give them sweets and share theeir happiness with them. The inmates include oldage people, mentally retarded, bed redden people, distituted women, orphans, childrens, etc. The inmates who are able to work are given training in jewel making, umbrella making, soap making and agarbathy making. A weekly magazine is issued from their name sneha rajyam.

The income to carryout the daily needs  is from the sponsership from the government. The only grand is the MLA Fund. The children they are stuied outside. There are students upto MCA. The need about rupees 50,000 to buy medicines for the people and need a large amount of money to give food for the inmates. And they give food to all visiters there.

There are some fund raising units like chappathy making unit, the shops that sells the materials make by the inmates and etc. Out of that, chappathy making unit is the largest fund raising unit. They sell chappathy and curry outside at a rate of rupees 5 per chappathy. A special school approved by the state government is working there. The village office named grama sabha is working there, where the inmates are elected for different parts like health, cleaning, food control, discipline, prayer and agriculture. The meeting is conducted for all the inmates every month.

The agency is giving care and love to many people who hardly get it from their relatives or family. When any guest reach the agencythey will be welcomed by giving “ nature coffee”. Even though the agency giving shelter and care to large number of people. Each day more and more people coming to the agency for shelter and all of them are accomated. They will be taken to the agency by police,panchayath officials, social workers, or by the relatives. It’s a good experience for us to see and understand the life of many people who are mentally and physically retarded.