The SSIO of UK, in cooperation with the SSIO of Nepal, conducted healthcare camps in Nepal between 14th and 20th March 2017. Volunteers rendered medical services in Baluwa, Bharatpur, Pokhara, and Kathmandu, all of which had been badly affected by earthquakes in 2015. Honourable Gagan Thapa, Union Health Minister of Nepal, inaugurated the medical camp in Kathmandu. During the camps, more than 8,000 patients received consultations and treatment in the specialties of general medicine, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology, minor surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics, ENT, orthopaedics, psychiatry, dentistry, optometry, radiology, pharmacology, and laboratory investigations. The SSIO of UK donated 30 St. Jude’s heart valves to the Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre in Kathmandu as part of the project, “Sai Hrudayam – Connecting Hearts,” to treat impoverished patients. In a brief ceremony on 3rd April 2017, local SSIO leaders delivered the heart valves to the hospital. The director of the hospital’s Cardiac Centre expressed deep gratitude to the SSIO, saying, “No donation in itself is small. It is the intent that is more important.” The director also expressed hope that this collaboration would grow and benefit many needy people of Nepal. The volunteers also installed new ultrasound scanners, ECG machines, mobile dental units, and ophthalmic equipment at the Sathya Sai Health Centres in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Sathya Sai volunteers served food to about 9,000 villagers and distributed 200 handmade baby packs, “Sai Bundles of Joy,” to mothers of new-borns.
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