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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Good Health at Rs.2/- - SYMA Medical Centre - The Hindu Downtown


» TODAY'S PAPER » DOWN TOWN
November 1, 2015
Good health at the cost of Rs. 2

SYMA Medical Centre.
Venue: T.P. Koil Street, Triplicane.
Open: All days.
Phone: 2844 5050

Medical Centre Staff being honoured during

SYMA Medical Centre Silver Jubilee celebrations on 2nd Oct 2015. 
Consultation at this medical centre in Triplicane comes at a measly two rupees. Inaugurated in 1989, the Srinivas Young Men’s Association (SYMA) Medical Centre was started as an affiliate of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Sankara Medical Trust, Besant Nagar, to help the poor. Today, it has grown into an independent unit that is sustained by the goodwill of many volunteers, doctors and donors. “Until 2009, Dr. K. Sridhar, founder trustee, SKKSMT, was rending us all support, including providing free medicines for patients. Today, we are a self-sufficient centre. We have people from all walks of life coming for treatment, many of who have become our benefactors,” says T.J. Ramani, patron of the Association. 
Another reason why the medical centre has been able to cater to so many people is the involvement of residents, especially the youth. Whether it was prior to a blood donation or eye testing camp, SYMA’s young brigade went door-to-door to campaign about these programmes. 
Its other initiatives like asking people to donate a minimum of Rs. 1,000 during birthdays or anniversaries have ensured that the money keeps coming. Its diagnostic unit, where tests are conducted for blood pressure, ECG and cholesterol, at subsidised rate is popular. 
“We plan to add a trauma care and physiotherapy section for which we are searching for a bigger place,” says Ramani. The 150 sq.ft. building was given by Sri Kanchi Vadikesari Alagia Manavala Jeer Mutt and we are hoping Triplicane residents would come to its aid and find it a bigger place, he added.

Article & Photo Credits : Thanks to the The Hindu; D. Madhavan, K. Sarumathi and Liffy Thomas.

Special thanks and gratitude of SYMA to Mr SR Ragunathan

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