A ten-member Kuwaiti delegation headed by Abdul Ilah and Abdul Fatah Marafie, and accompanied by Philip Mathew, executive of Marafie Group, recently visited the South Indian state of Kerala.
During their five-day trip the delegation paid a visit to the Kidney Dialysis Center, at the St. Thomas Hospital in Kattanam, which was established by the Marafie Foundation in 2009.
In the four years since its inception, the Center has performed over 7000 dialysis at reduced cost or even free of charge, to patients suffering from kidney ailments. The Center has not only helped needy patients, but also driven down the cost of dialysis in Kerala, from around Rs 3,000 a couple of years ago to Rs. 650 today.
During the visit, the members also witnessed the inauguration of the newly renovated Dialysis Ward at the Hospital. The Marafie Foundation has now offered three more dialysis units, taking the total number of machines to nine and enabling the Center to provide between 15 and 20 dialysis each day.
The delegates also called on Dr. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan, the head of the Marthoma Church and President of the Governing Board of the St. Thomas Hospital. The Metropolitan hosted a dinner at his residence in honor of the visiting delegation, which was attended by many local dignitaries.
The visiting Kuwaiti members also had the opportunity to tour other places of touristic attraction in Kerala, including Alleppey, Kochi, Fort Kochi and Mattanchery. The Kuwaiti side expressed their full satisfaction with the trip and highlighted the exciting time they spent boating in the backwaters while staying in a House-boat.