Rotary conducts a health camp at Delft Island, Jaffna

The Rotary Club of Colombo Regency (RI District 3220) together with the support of the Sri Lanka Navy conducted a Pre & Post Natal Health Camp at Delft Island, Jaffna on Saturday, 25th February 2012.
The Health Camp (4th out of 5 Camps) is primarily to treat expectant Mothers and Children under the age of five years.

This Matching Grant Project was initiated by the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency under the Rotary theme ‘Mother and Child’ with the International Partner Club being the Rotary Club of Newton - RI District 7430, USA and the local partner Club being the Rotary Club of Colombo Fort.
The Health Camp was conducted at Delft MahaVidyalaya. The Rotary Club of Colombo Regency took medicines worth over Rs. 300,000. The Rotary Club of Colombo Fort donated medicines worth Rs. 30,000.

All residents over 30 years of age were tested for their eye sight and over 200 prescription reading glasses were issued to those who needed them. Blood sugar levels of all participants were monitored and lifestyle recommendations together with medications were handed over thereafter.

The volunteer Doctors from the Jaffna General Hospital, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency and the Delft Navy Personnel who provided all logistical support worked tirelessly to serve the Delft Island Community. The Health Camp treated approximately 500 residents with the help of 5 doctors.

On completion of the Health Camp, the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency was able to donate further Medicines worth Rs. 60,000 to the Navy to be used in their ongoing Humanitarian Health Camps. A further Rs. 40,000 worth of Medicines were donated to the only Government Dispensary on the Island. Apart from the medicines, the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency also donated Blood Sugar testing kits and strips worth Rs. 15,000/- to the Navy and Rs. 10,000 worth to the Delft Dispensary.

This project, coordinated by Lt. Cdr. Prasad Vidanage together with the Commanding Officer Cdr. HarindraEkanayakeof the Sri Lanka Navy stated that the residents had profusely thanked the Navy and the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency for availing them of such a Medical & Eye Campfacility.
President Gehan de Alwis of the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency stated that “it was a rewarding experience to travel such a distance to serve a community in an isolated Island with minimum facilities and commended the immense support given by the Navyand the Members of the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency who contributed to make this Health Camp a grand success.”

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