Sathya Sai Baba Free Medical Clinic team recently hosted its first outreach programme with the aim of taking their free special services to villages within 50 km radius of Gaborone.
Sathya Sai Clinic has operated for the past 10 years. It helps those who cannot afford medical aid to get special health care for free. The clinic provides General, Dental and Optical services every week on Sundays offering consultation, treatment, medication and spectacles for free.
Chairman of Sathya Sai Central Trust of Botswana, Dr Sonil Kadiyala said: “The goal of the outreach programme is to take health care to those people who do not have the accessibility to visit the clinic in Gaborone, thereby inspiring the team to conduct mobile health camps in selected villages at regular intervals,” he said.
Kadiyala said that during these camps consultation, good advice and medicines are provided to patients for free by a team of experienced doctors and trained volunteers. Minister of Tertiary Education Dr Alfred Madigele applauded Sathya Sai clinic for servicing the underprivileged and students.
“I am impressed by the fact that the clinic conducts Sai Student Vision support programme on a yearly basis for 10 public schools, to improve vision among the students. Vision is critical to achieve good academic progress. Yearly 400 students benefit from this programme,” Madigele said.
100 patients from Molepolole support group were the first to be assisted under this outreach programme on Sunday, which has been scheduled to take place every month depending on the needs of selected places.
Kadiyala told this publication that they will take the outreach programme to Francistown and other places in the North in future.
The Satya Sai Centre conducts blood donation camps twice a year, organised jointly by the centre and the ministry of health and hopes to equip itself with a mobile van to transport medicines and equipment to villages every month.