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Loyola Alumni free clinic completes 30 years

Organises health camp for less privileged

Jamshedpur, July 22 : Loyola Alumni Association ( LAA) has completed 30 years of uninterrupted service at the Saturday Free Clinic. To commemorate this milestone achievement, the association organised a health camp for the students of the Loyola Project School on Saturday. Over a thousand students participated in the camp. Loyola School principal and president of LAA Father Pius Fernandes inaugurated the camp.

” The LAA Saturday Free Clinic was started in 1987. On July 4 we completed 30 years. In these three decades and 1560 clinics =, we have treated more than 1,95,00 patients. After completing 30 glorious years, we have decided to organise free health camps for the poor children deprived of better medical services. We plan to hold the health camps as frequently as possible,” said alumni association secretary Rajiv Talwar.

He went on to inform that doctors at the health camps will monitor the health of each student, record all clinical findings and note them down for future reference. Children with acute health problems will be referred to the Loyola free clinic.

“ The clinic has functioned without a break whether it was Diwali, Dussehra, Eid or Christmas, and even during the riots. The clinic had a modest start, the first patient being the guard of the school. Initially, money for medicines wasn’t there and it came from the pockets of those who worked there, the doctors and volunteers themselves. Today, we have a scheme where one can sponsor a Saturday’s clinic for Rs.1500, and donors from India and abroad, from among Loyoleans and Non-Loyoleans pitch in and keep the spirit of “give and not count the cost” alive,” said Savak Patel, senior functionary of LAA.

Talwar further said that right from the early days, the clinic became a place for the old boys to meet. It added a purpose and permanence to the association. You came to the Clinic to lend a helping hand and also catch up with your schoolmates, ex-teachers and Jesuits. It is still much the practice even today. All those who drop in at the ‘Adda’ are greeted with a “samosa” and a cup of tea. One would think that the clinic exists because of the Association, but the opposite is equally true.

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