IAL marks sil­ver ju­bilee with free treat­ment

Lesotho Times - - Health - Mo­halenyane Phakela

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.

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