“WHAT HIGHER GAIN CAN MAN ATTAIN THAN CONQUEST OVER HUMAN PAIN?” – DR.J.N. DANIEL
Dr.N.D.Jeyasekharan’s father Dr.J.N.Daniel settled down in Nagercoil at Kottar. His hospital at Kottar was called Jeya Bharathi Hospital. Dr. Jeyasekharan had 4 sisters 3 elder and 1 younger and one elder brother.
Dr.N.D.Jeyasekharan had his schooling in the Home Church School and Scott Christian High School, Nagercoil. He and his sisters used to come in a horse driven carriage from Kottar to Nagercoil.
At the age of 12 Dr.N.D.Jeyasekharan lost his father suddenly. After the untimely death of his father the family shifted to their maternal grand father Rev. Ambrose’s house for a few years.
Dr.N.D.Jeyasekharan completed his intermediate at Scott Christian College and his B.Sc. Zoology from University College – Trivandrum. After that he joined the U.T.C. a paramilitary Corp. where he opted for the airforce. He had the opportunity to get trained in Piloting small aircraft. He took pride in saying that he flew from Trivandrum to Cape Comarin over his house site in Nagercoil with a Co-pilot.
Because of family pressure he left U.T.C to try for a M.B.B.S. seat. He worked in American College Madurai for one year as a Zoology Demonstrator and then joined M.B.B.S. in Madras Medical College where he completed his course and did his House Surgency.
He started his Medical career at Catherine Booth Hospital (CBH) under Dr.Noble an American Missionary who trained Dr.Jeyasekharan to become a hardworking self confident Medical Officer. In CBH, he also had the privilege to work under Dr.Stevens and Dr.Henry William from U.K.
On returning he joined the Mission Hospital Neyyoor, where he worked hard and earned a good name for the hospital and himself. It was during his tenure that the 125th anniversary of the hospital was celebrated on a grand scale with many dignitaries like Dr.P.V. Cherion (Former Governor of Maharastra) & Mr.V.V. Giri (Former President of India) participating in the functiofounder1sn. . The local people gave full cooperation.
It was while he was in Neyyoor Hospital that the Mission was able to buy the land adjoining the hospital where the International Cancer Centre now stands. Also the Nagercoil Mission Hospital was re-opened during his time in Neyyoor. While at Neyyoor, Ranjit, Jaishree and Jaikumari – his three younger children were born.
Due to personal reasons he left the Neyyoor Mission Hospital in 1965 and moved to Nagercoil and started his own practice. The hospital was started on a Modest Scale in 1965 at a relative’s house in Henry Lane. In the mean time an outpatient clinic was started at a place opposite the Municipal Park. Patients began coming and the need for an inpatient ward and a good surgical set up was felt. So in 1967 the Jeyasekharan Hospital and Nursing Home was built and inagurated by Dr. A. Asirvatham his own teacher. It was sheer hard work and blessings of patients which enabled the institution to grow to its present status.
Dr. Jeyasekharan always wore white and white. He was a strict disciplinarian and a stricter for
cleanliness wherein there was no compromise.
With the support and loyal assistance of dedicated staff Mr.A.Sunderaj, Sr.Anselina Sunderaj and later Sr.Roselette Chellappa and Junior doctors like Dr.Vaithialingam, Dr.Rengaswami and Dr.P.M.Manoharan, and the blessings of the patients the hospital began to grow.
After his sons finished their studies and took up responsibilities in the hospital Dr.N.D.Jeyasekharan accepted the post of Correspondent of the C.S.I. Matriculation School. During his tenure the school metamorphosed from a Matriculation school to a Higher Secondary School and brought out good students and it became one of the best in town. From the donations of friends he could add buildings to accommodate the increasing number of students. This new venture became his pet project and a success. God’s great hand was there to guide him.
Dr. Jeyasekharan’s sons, Dr.Devaprasath, Dr.Sabu and Dr.Ranjit are carrying on the good work and legacy of their father.
MRS. RANI JEYASEKHARAN (1927-2017)
With great dedication 50 patient’s rooms, operation theatre and labour room and a general ward were built. Mrs.Jeyasekharan supervised the building up and running of the hospital at every stage.
Mrs.Jeyasekharan was also actively involved in various social organisations such as Inner Wheel club, Maadhar Sangam and YWCA. She was a generous philanthropist who was always providing support and encouragement where needed.
She was indeed the force that enabled a small hospital that was started 50 years ago grow into an ISO 9001:2008 Bureau Veritas certified and NABH accredited multi-speciality institution. She was supported by a team of dedicated and loyal staff who continue to be a blessing to the organisation and will keep hers and Dr.Jeyasekharan’s dream alive.