Caritas Sri Lanka plans to offer free medical care to the rural poor via mobile clinics.
A medical team set up the first clinic near St. Roch's Catholic Church, in Delathura, a village near Ja-Ela, a large suburb north of Colombo. Patients began lining up as early as at 8.45 am.
The purpose of this plan "is to provide assistance to those who need it and rediscover the true meaning of the word help. We need to treat patients with a sincere heart," said Titus Wimalasiri, executive director of Seth Sarana, the Colombo Caritas chapter, AsiaNews reported.
Under his direction, doctors visited some 400 people in a single morning, handing out otherwise impossible to get drugs to patients provided by Hemas Hospital, a private health facility. Specialists performed a general checkup, measuring blood pressure and sugar levels.
People came from nearby villages after local pastors spread the word from parish to parish. Braving summer rains, they came to get something for their sick children and elderly parents, to treat colds as well as fever.