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Free medical services for Sankong villagers

Mohalenyane Phakela

THE Indian Association of Lesotho (IAL) will today provide free medical services to the community of Sankong in Mohale area in the outskirts of the Maseru district.

The initiative is aimed at reaching out to communities which do not often have access to medical services.

Titled Free Medical Camp, this year’s edition of the charitable initiative is being held for the fifth time since its launch in 2014.

IAL was established in the country in 1988 with to provide a cultural and educational platform for the Indian Diaspora in Lesotho. It has created and fostered co-operation and understanding between Basotho and Indians.

It also promotes, cultural and social activities of the Indian community if Lesotho and also promotes the civic, cultural and social welfare of Basotho.

According to the IAL secretary, Sarur Akhtar, the Free Medical Camp provides relief to Basotho in remote areas who rarely get health services.

“Medical services will be provided to the whole community regardless one’s age or status because we know that the communities have not had access to health facilities for a long time for different reasons,” Mr Akhtar said.

“We are expecting more than 500 people who have already registered for the services and all patients will get free consultation, medication and a meal as well. The camp will be served by eight medical doctors, eight pharmacists and 40 volunteers.

“PSI and Lesotho Blood Transfusion Services will also be there for people who need free HIV tests and to donate blood.”

Home Affairs Minister, Tsukutlane Au, is expected to officially open the medical camp. The event is also sponsored by SSP Sugar Packers and Medicare Lesotho.

The Indian community has for a long time been integrated into Basotho communities the reason for which IAL is well versed with the challenges that locals face. For that matter, the IAL has been providing charitable assistance to local communities through donations and free medical services.

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