Tuesday, March 7, 2017


by BIS Correspondent


PUNE, MAR 7, 2017: In a commitment to bring quality health care and health awareness to all, Don Bosco organised a free eye check-up camp on February 26 and a free general health camp on February 28, as part of the Women Empowerment Project supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 


Around 150 adults and children from Laxminagar Slum were screened for various eye ailments by the doctors. The eye camp was organised by Don Bosco in association with H V Desai Hospital in Pune. A specialised team of doctors and paramedics screened the patients for vision disorders such as cataract including short sight, long sight among others. 

People with eye infections were given eye drops, those with vision problems were given spectacles at a highly subsidised rate of Rupees 60 only. Eight patients were identified with cataract and were immediately referred to the hospital for surgery. Doctors  also took a session on 'how to care for eyes' and 'eye donation'.   


The free general health camp on February 28 was held at Dr Rajendra Prasad Model School located in the Bopodi slum. Over 280 men, women and children benefited from the camp. A team of specialist doctors and nurses in gynecology, pediatrics, ENT and internal medicine screened the people attending the camp. In addition to this, free blood pressure checkup, BMI checkup was also carried out and free medicines were given to ailment diagnosed patients. 

Supervising the two camps, Ranjana Pandit, project Coordinator of Don Bosco said, "We organised these health camps after surveying the slum and poor health facilities in the slum. We will follow-up with patients and the hospital after these camps." 


Rekha Vanjare, one of the patients, after receiving the medicines said, "The free camp was really required in this slum as health facilities are poor in this area and private doctor's fees are high." The camp closed in evening and the beneficiaries thanked the doctors and Don Bosco for their services.

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