True to its mandate of lending a helping hand, the Indian Women’s Association (IWA) held its ninth annual ‘Compassionate Care’ health camp at the Holy Family Cathedral last week in cooperation with the Indian Doctors Forum and the church volunteers.
Over 60 doctors, nurses, volunteers and IWA members attended to over 400 individuals at the health camp. All the attendees went through blood sugar and pressure testing and got to address their health related issues with general physicians and specialists at the camp.
The specialists included cardiologists, neurologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists, dentists and psychologists. Patients came in with a host of ailments, some of which were diagnosed by the doctors to be serious conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, etc. Some of these cases were undetected or even left untreated for long periods of time.
Most of the attendees at the camp were individuals that work all week and do not get regular days off; leaving them with little or no time to seek medical attention. Those who can, shy away due to lack of resources or language barriers. Sensing a need to assist these individuals, IWA organizes this camp each year.
The Indian Women’s Association, a voluntary organization, just entered its 18th year of existence. Through the years, they have conducted several projects in Kuwait and India targeting the lesser privileged individuals especially children. Their activities include scholarships for children, medical assistance, health awareness seminars, support to special needs children and individuals, spending time with special needs children, basic necessities to needy individuals, etc. Their assistance also transcends geographic boundaries with support provided to different countries in times of natural disasters.
In the last nine years since Compassionate Care was launched, close to 2000 individuals have received medical attention from over 120 doctors volunteering their time.
IWA takes this opportunity to thank the doctors from the Indian Doctors Forum for their valuable contributions in providing healthcare to those in need.