Free Medical Camp in Loreto Darjeeling


8th June 2011

Loreto Convent was abuzz with people and activity on the 15th of May, even though it was a quiet Sunday for others. A medical camp for the out-reach project of Loreto was organized by the Interact Club of the school in partnership with the Rotary Club of Darjeeling. 150 patients were treated for different medical ailments like leg, back and knee pain, skin problems, eye problems etc.

The old were given vitamin supplements all free of cost! Sr. Regina IBVM and Devika (animator) worked tirelessly in order to ensure that the village people got the message of the free medical camp. Access to health services for the people of Gowshala village is poor. In the past few months several deaths have been reported due to inaccessibility of health services.

- On April 2nd, an elderly man passed away.

- On April 13th the father of Laxmi, a young TB patient and student of St Teresa’s School who is currently hospitalised, went missing. Nobody has been able to discover his whereabouts.

- On April 29th, an elderly man suffering high blood pressure was unable to receive medical assistance, and died as a result.

- On May 1st, a mother died from kidney failure. On the same day, a 26-year-old woman died delivering her baby. No one was with her at the time to give assistance.

- On May 5th, a young child died of Typhoid.

- On 6th May, a 23-year-old mother died of TB. She has a 20-month-old child.

Miss Devika Thami has been visiting the community and has met several new families. On April 10th she met a 24-year-old TB patient, a mother of 3 children, the youngest of which is 3 months old. There are concerns that the children might also have TB. In another family of 4 children, 2 of the children have deformed legs.

Sr. Regina expressed satisfaction at the end of the day, “It was a very successful camp. We are grateful to the Rotary Club and its members and to Miss Gupta (Teacher-In-Charge) for this wonderful partnership.  We hope that this partnership will continue in the future”.

The Food Bank concept is running very effectively. Every month the people of Gowshala get a food hamper consisting of rice, dal, flour, sugar and even clothes at times all donated by the school children!



0 #1 Sr. Yvonne Steffler 2011-06-09 16:03
Dear All, Marvellous work---may many blessings keep
coming on this. My love to Sr. Regina. I met her in India.
Sr. Yvonne Steffler I.B.V.M.