The villages of Muruthanai, Akkuranai and Miniminithaveli in Eastern Sri Lanka lack access to healthcare facilities. On 30th March 2019, volunteers from the Sathya Sai Centre of Thamaraikerny organised a medical and dental camp in Muruthanai and provided transportation for needy villagers from surrounding communities. More than 250 patients were screened for anaemia, diabetes, cataract, and cancer. Patients requiring additional medical services were referred to hospitals in Santhiveli. A dentist and dental therapists performed tooth extractions, oral examinations, cleaning and filling. Vision tests were given, and eyeglasses were distributed. Nebulization was done to treat asthma and facemasks were provided to asthmatic patients and those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In addition, a health hygiene kit comprised of a nail cutter, soap, a pair of slippers, toothpaste and brush were distributed to children and pregnant mothers, some of whom received milk powder to fight acute malnutrition. Volunteers conducted preventive education sessions on diabetes and hypertension, oral cancer, breast cancer and personal hygiene, as well as educational classes on spiritual awareness and human values.
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