By redefining music and its conspicuous role in soothing a tempestuous mind, an innovative project called ‘Art and Medicine Programme’ was launched in the general hospital in Kochi on Saturday. Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas inaugurated the programme.
He said by music therapy, a new arena has been opened up to reach out to patients and help them emotionally.
“By embarking on such a venture, the Ernakulam general hospital has opened up new avenues to treat patients. For this, the general hospital truly deserves special mention in this regard,” he said.
The novel programme was launched with the help of Kochi- Muziris Biennale Foundation in association with the Art and Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic in the US and the district administration. Dominic Presentation MLA presided over the inaugural function. Bonny Thomas, trustee, Biennale Foundation, said they have engaged local musicians Mehboob Memorial Orchestra and the Pepper Band to perform every Wednesday at 11 am at the general hospital. “This service is sans any monetary benefits. We will provide for the artists’ travel. We truly believe that this musical performance will bring about a therapeutic effect on patients,” he said.
Iva Fattorini, Global Arts and Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi and Latha Mani, consultant pediatrician, Healthpoint Hospital, Abu Dhabi attended the function.