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BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital today launched ‘Namma Little Doctors’ Carnival; a unique programme that aims to connect with young children in the local community and introduce various key departments of the hospital like nursing, radiology, laboratory and physiotherapy to the public. The first series of the ‘Namma Little Doctors’ was attended by over 100 kids along with their parents and grandparents. This will be the first of a long series that will take place on a quarterly basis. Padmashree Dr Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla, International Para Athlete and Arjuna awardee, Actress Chandana and Mr Madhusudhan, GVK EMRI, General Manager - Bangalore Zone were also present at the event to extend their support.
Ms Shailaja Suresh, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru was seen interacting with children and parents. Speaking on the objective behind this programme, she said “Through this programme, we wanted to take a small step towards active community outreach in a non-medical and/or non-emergency scenario. Our objective is to serve and support the local community by providing continuous educational support, raise awareness on managing medical emergencies including providing basic first-aid and to nurture, guide and develop the dreams of young children who are keen on a career in the medical sciences.”
Children as young as 4 years to young adolescents, on the cusp of making career choices and even senior citizens were active participants at the event. There was plenty of fun & edutainment at the event with a host of activities for participants to enjoy and learn from. There were quizzes, first aid sessions, photo booths and activities like the ‘listen to heartbeat’, ‘locate the organ’, and ‘perform a CT scan as part of being a Doctor for a day’ for children to experience. At the event, different stalls focused on emergency care, first aid, physiotherapy, diet and senior citizens were set up for participants to interact with hospital staff. Children were provided an opportunity to enact a doctor and learn basic first-aid training. Through interactive sessions, doctors and staff also highlighted the importance of healthy diet to the children present at the event.
Through the programme, the hospital also introduced the ‘observership program’, where in mentors will help or support young aspirants of a medical career. Doctors and other medical professionals provided valuable suggestions and engaged in discussions with these young children as part of this programme.