Medical Camp on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

North Arabian Vicariate, October 16, 2017: The Malayalam Community Parish Commission comprising the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites of the St. Therese of Child Jesus Parish in Kuwait has once again helped the unprivileged expatriates of Kuwait through an extraordinary service. For the second year in a row, they have organized a Free Medical Camp at the Don Bosco School on Friday, 13 October 2017.


The Camp began with a prayer led by by Sabu Kurian. Kuruvila Thomas, then, welcomed the eminent guests and the patients. This was followed by the traditional Lighting of the Lamp by Fr. Derik Misquitta, Fr. Johnson Nedumpurath, Asst. Parish Priest and In-Charge of Malayalam Community, Dr. Sebastian Mathew, Jacob Cherian and Biju Antony. Dr. Sebastian Mathew then delivered a short presentation and interactive session on Diabetic Retinopathy.


A medical team comprising Dr. Sebastian Mathew, Dr. Merley Elizabeth George, Dr. DivyaJayesh, Dr. VeenaMuraleedharan, Dr. Sujatha Krishnakumar from Al-Bahar Ophthalmology Center, Ministry of Health and Dr. Anitha Prabhakaran from KOC hospital and around 20 nurses attended to over 164 patients.Registration for the camp began 3 weeks prior. 254 persons registered their names. However, only 164 persons turned up on the day and availed themselves of the medical facility. For many, it was their first eye examination ever; for a few others, it was their first after almost 10 or 20 years.


According to Dr. Sebastian Mathew, “10% of the cases we saw were identified as diabetic and so referrals and advice was provided. Of them, three cases were highly diabetic, needing immediate medical care. Interestingly, around 90% of those tested were found to have high blood sugar, indicating that their current treatment is not effective. Increased awareness and motivation is required for such cases.”


Sr. Lini Sajan, the Nurses Ministry coordinator said, “It was a remarkable day. Many nurses have come directly after their night duty because it gave us the opportunity to extend our humble service to the needy people and thereby glorify God as Mathew 25:10 says ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’”.


Mr. Erik Fernandez a beneficiary said, “This has been very helpful for people like me. Each of us was treated and cared for with love. I sincerely thank the Malayalam Community for this wonderful service for the deprived people.”


The medical camp coordinator, Jose Joel explained, “The reason the camp was successful was the sincere team work of all who involved. Last year the medical camp was conducted for women having Gynecological problems as part of the Year of Mercy. This same spirit of mercy still inspires us to continue it this year in another field of specialization, Diabetic Retinopathy. By God’s grace we wish to continue next year also in another medical stream”.


A special thanks goes out to the team of 40 dedicated volunteers who worked very hard on mobilization, registration, finance, arranging doctors and medical equipment, food, logistics, transportation, venue arrangements etc. for the success of the medical camp. The camp which began at 10 am ended at 3 pm with a vote of thanks by Fr. Johnson Nedumpurath who thanked all team members for their dedicated service and invoked God’s blessings on each team member and their families.


By Biju Antony