RSS volunteers have refurbished a hospital in Karnataka – built in 1880 – to help treat covid patients
Bengaluru: The Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangha, more popularly known by the abbreviation RSS, has always striven hard to alleviate misery in the society.
In the latest episode of its commitment towards society, it has refurbished a massive hospital in Karnataka.
Known as the Bharat Gold Mines Limited Hospital or BGML Hospital, this hospital was built by Dr TJ O’Donnell and his brother JD O’Donnell in 1880 and was the biggest in Asia at that point in time.
But for the last 20 years, it had remained dysfunctional.
As the cries for hospitals reached the skies, Kolar district MP S Muniswamy decided to convert it into a covid centre. That is when he sought the help of RSS volunteers.
"After discussions with the Sangh Parivar and other organisations, we decided to set up a 200+ bed Covid Care Centre. Some 250 volunteers from the BJP and RSS worked hard to get this ready. Now the cots and electricity work is done and the hospital should be up and running in 2-3 days' time,” he says as quoted by India Today.
As soon as Sangh Parivar volunteers rushed to clean it up, they realised it was a herculean task.
Says Praveen, a volunteer, “Day 1 when I entered this hospital, you could see bats flying around. There were 2-3 inches of mud everywhere inside the hospital. It was full of cobwebs. Many people were sceptical about whether we could do this work. But, the volunteers from RSS, BJP, VHP, Seva Bharati, Jana Jagaran Samiti together decided they could do this. We started this work on April 27 and by May 7, the entire cleaning of this five acre campus was completed".
Now, the electricity-related works are over. Other infrastructure works are getting done.
Once it becomes fully functional, the people of this place hope to make use of its services beyond covid times.
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Last Updated May 15, 2021, 11:47 AM IST