Mangaluru: On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8 Gerosa Dheena Seva Trust, Sisters of Charity organised free Health camp at Basavalingappa Nagara Colony, Pacchanady.
It is a place of slum dwellers working in the dump yard picking plastic items and selling for their livelihood. They are dwelling there from 30 to 40 years without basic amenities. The theme of this year for the International Womens’ day was “Make it Happen” the sisters have really made it happen with other collaborators of the programme like Fr Muller Hospital Doctors, MSW Students of St Aloysius College, (Autonomous) and Mangalore University College.
On this special occasion, Dr Jecintha Martis addressed the gathering on the importance of ‘Health’. She said that Health is Wealth and therefore if one is healthy then one can do anything and even achieve one’s goal in life.
Fr Eric Mathias SJ speaking on the occasion, highlighted the important role of women in today’s society. He said that women are the ones who build the families by sacrificing themselves for others in the family. He thanked the selfless dedicated service of Dr Kuldeep Moras, Dr Jacintha Martis, Dr Elroy Saldanha, Dr Mario Buthello, Dr Rithesh D’Cunha and Sisters of Charity.
Prizes were distributed to all the winners of the sports meet held. Dr Sr Lenita interacted with the Adolescent girls and addressed the health issues of Adolescence. Prameela, the community organiser, Mangalore City Corporation graced the occasion with her presence and encouraged the community people to make use of the government facilities availed for them regarding Health Schemes and also various other programmes. There were six doctors and ten Sisters of Charity from Fr Muller hospital for the Health Check-up.
About 140 people turned up for health check-up. Free health cards were made for each family. The people and children who were sick were given free medicine. And those who needed special treatment were called to the hospital for free treatment. Fr Francis Balaraj SJ and Sr Aileen Mathias successfully organised the programme.