Free medical camps in central India help poor
Slum dwellers and laborers grateful for Church-run service
ucanews.com reporter, Indore, India
January 4, 2011
“I had a severe pain in my left leg. I came to this camp and got treatment done free of cost,” said Khilsingh Baghel, a labourer, at the end of a camp on Jan. 2.
The Indore Diocese Social Service Society together with the District Health Department organizes one-day free medical camps for slum dwellers and laborers every month.
“The district health department is supporting us in the camp,” said Father Simon Raj, who directs the society. He said doctors at the camp are senior specialists. The camp also has pathological lab and vaccination facilities, he said.
Baghel pointed out that proper treatment is not available in government hospitals and private ones are too costly. “This camp is a blessing for poor people like me,” he said.
Similarly, Deen Dayal, a slum dweller who is being treated for asthma, said Church people do proper follow up of the treatment. “I got much relief after getting treatment from the camp,” he added.
Sister Arockia Mary, who works in the camp, said they keep a proper record of all the patients and their treatment.
“I am happy to lend service in this camp as the organizers are sincere and serious in their service,” said Monica Jain, a doctor who helps in the camp.
She said the organizers provide costly medicines and hence has “no hesitation” in prescribing the best medicines for the patients. “No doubt the camp is a blessing for the slum dwellers and the laborers,” she said.
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