IAL marks silver jubilee with free treatment
THE Indian Association of Lesotho (IAL) marked its silver jubilee by providing free consultation and treatment to the Mafeteng community last Saturday.
IAL was established in 1988 with the purpose of providing a cultural and educational platform for the Indian Diaspora in Lesotho.the organization has over the years been engaged in a number of charitable activities such as medical camps in which communities get free medical consultation and treatment.
This year, IAL intends to hold three camps in different regions of the country, and started off with Mafeteng in the southern region. Semonkong, in the central region, will be their next port of call on 22 November, with the medical camps ending in Butha Buthe, in the northern region, on 24 January.
On Saturday, multitudes came to the Mafeteng medical camp despite the hostile weather conditions. Among those seeking medical attention was former deputy prime minister, Lesao Lehohla, who stood in line like any other member of the community.
The medical practitioners consisted of two dentists, one Indian doctor, four Cuban doctors and one local doctor all of whom had volunteered to assist the community. Treatment was administered on site for various diseases such as blood pressure, with referrals given to those who needed regular check-ups.
Members of the community expressed their appreciation for the free medical service, with some saying it was much better than what they get in public hospitals and clinics. They further urged the IAL to continue to provide the service on a regular basis. IAL President, Sahila Peerbhai, who is also a dentist by profession, said the organisation intends to hold more such camps in different locations to promote healthy living among Basotho.
He added that the Indian diaspora has integrated well among Basotho and making significant contributions towards the promotion of art, education, health, culture and com- merce in the Kingdom. “The Indian Association of Lesotho, founded 25 years ago, has been making immense contributions through delivering its mandate: promoting, collaboration, and friendship between Indians and Basotho, and persons of other nationalities and cultures,” said Dr Peerbhai.
“The IAL has worked tirelessly to create and foster a spirit of cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of India; to promote, foster and spearhead the cultural and social activities of the Indian community in Lesotho; to promote the civic, cultural and social welfare of the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Amongst some of the charitable activities that we do, are medical camps in needy places.”
Dr Peerbhai further revealed this week that because Basotho have become aware of the free medical camps through the media, they have been receiving several requests from different community leaders to hold medical camps there. Dr Peerbhai also acknowledged the donations from Medicare Lesotho, NDSO, Bee Pee Printers, Sign Masters and Maseru Pharmaceuticals, as well as the efforts of volunteers such as Miss World Lesotho, the Queen of Mafeteng and other government representatives who made an effort to attend the medical camp.
She also expressed the wish to see more people at their next camp scheduled for Semonkong.
ABOVE: Doctors administer treatment to a member of the Mafeteng community during the medical camp held last Saturday. Below:some of the patients.