Orange City Hospital & Research Institute caters to varied sections of needy central Indians who reach here for their health care requirements. Many relatives are unable to afford food or have food on time due to many reasons.
The need to provide simple homely food for relatives of patients was felt by sister of Mr. Niranjan Kulkarni who is now recouping well after taking regular treatment in OCHRI Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Section. His sister Smt.Meenal Dehadrey who accompanied her brother daily to OCHRI saw the problems faced by relatives of patients in various hospitals.
Appreciating the caring service at OCHRI and understanding the need of relatives she interacted with her family and approached Shri. Udaybhaskar Nair, Chairman- Nairsons Group with a proposal to provide free food service to genuine needy relatives of patients who are admitted at OCHRI. This lunch/ dinner box will have 3 rotis, Dal, Rice and Sabji. This will be provided in steel containers which have to returned back by relatives after washing to PRO office.
Announcing this undertaking, Dr. Vidya Nair, Director (Operations)-Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited(RNHPL) thanked Kulkarni and Dehadrey families led by Smt.Meenal Dehadrey for this altruistic long term commitment. Initially 30 lunches and 30 dinner boxes will be provided w.e.f.15th September. Subsequently looking into the quantum, Smt.Meenal Dehadrey and her family will contemplate on enhancing the supply, she added. Homely food will be provided by Dehadrey family.
Dr. Usha Nair, Director (Medical)- RNHPL stated that genuine needy relatives will be provided reusable food tokens by Public relations executives during their regular daily morning and evening rounds in all wards which they will have to submit in the Dehadrey Aahar counter that will function in ground floor near OCHRI Casualty from 12 noon to 1pm and 8-9 PM on all days under Shri.Ganesh Iyer. The record of beneficiaries will be maintained.
Dr. Anup Marar, Director- OCHRI commended this goodness existing in society and being upheld by Dehadrey Parivaar. He quoted that different Sadhanas are prescribed in our scriptures for different ages. Tapa (penance) is recommended for Krita age, Gyan (knowledge) for Treta age, Yagnya (sacrifice) for Dwapara age and Daan (Charity) for Kali (present) age. Of all the charities, giving food is the best one. Anna-daan is the best of all merits.
Smt.Priya Sashi and her team of round the clock stationed OCHRI Public Relations executives will manage the venture on behalf of Dehadrey family.