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Monday, December 2, 2013
Padma Shri Dr.G. Bakthavathsalam, Pioneer of Coimbatore
Padma Shri Dr.Namburi.G. Bakthavathsalamis the Chairman and Managing Trustee of Dharmaveera K Govindaswamy Naidu Medical Trust, which runs the K.G. Hospital in Coimbatore, India. He was awarded a Padma Shri in 2005.Born on April 5, 1942 at Annur village of Coimbatore district and graduated (MBBS - 1964) from Madras Medical College, and also having obtained an MS from the same college, he had his post graduate training in Surgery in Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago (USA).
On the clarion call given by his father, Dharmaveera K. Govindaswamy Naidu, to serve the poor countrymen in the field of healthcare, he returned to India in the year 1974 to set up KG Hospital. Initially, ten beds were put up. It has now grown into a 550-bedded multi and super speciality and post graduate medical center - a "Centre of Excellence" recognized in India and abroad and this hospital has the pride of treating over 4 million patients.
He established the K.G. Eye Hospital, where 85,000 free cataract surgeries have been done for the poor. He has conducted 200 free heart surgeries, 1,500 dialysis free of cost, screened over 300,000 people free of cost for blood pressure and saved 35,000 accident victims.
He provided free treatment to 250 bomb blast victims at Coimbatore in 1998 and contributed substantially for the victims of the Kargil War, Gujarat earthquake and the recent tsunami. The nursing college created by him has produced thousands of nurses who are employed overseas.
Bakthavathsalam has held numerous positions in his career in the healthcare sector and has chaired in the following positions:
Prof. of Surgery, Govt. Royapettah Hospital, Madras
Registrar of Surgery, Coimbatore Medical College, 1969–73