BANGALORE: G Manohar Row has been nominated for the Namma Bangalore entrepreneurship award for bringing several innovative medical concepts to the City. He spoke to City Express about his experiences.
“We discovered Jaipur foot camp in the then Bombay when I was working for Brooke Bond India Limited. I should not be credited for this effort as it goes to the whole sales force. We posted pictures all over the city requesting people to come to the Jaipur Foot Camp and get necessary equipment,” said Manohar Row.
He is also one of the founder of the Indian Cancer Society in Karnataka. He said, “Way back in 1986, we had started anti-cancer campaign with volunteer doctors and used to set up cancer detection camp in different parts of the state. When a person was detected with cancer, the treatment was a major issue for us. It was then that we came across Indian Cancer Society in Bombay and decided to set up a branch in Karnataka in the year 1987.” Today, this institute treats a minimum of 50 patients each day.
After the experience of Indian Cancer Society, G Manohar Row realised the lack of hospice care in the city and the plight of the patients and attendants. He initiated the forming of the organisation Karunashraya. Row said, “In this organisation we find out the area affected by cancer in the body, if it can be stopped etc. But heartrending moments do arrive for some families, who have no option but to wait for the fatal day. On many occasions, people want to kill themselves due to the pain they undergo. I have come across parents who have requested the doctor to relieve their child from the pain.”
This knowledge compelled him to do something for the family members as well. He said, “Through Karunashraya, we control the pain professionally by keeping them under proper medical care and providing them a happy and positive atmosphere.” These endeavours often see people thanking him profusely and now they have recognised his efforts.