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June 5, 2018 > Lions Club Medical mission to Nepal a success

Lions Club Medical mission to Nepal a success

Submitted By James Varghese

Over 2500 people of the Terai region of Nepal community were beneficiaries of the Medical Mission organized and conducted by Kailash Medical Foundation of California and Lions Clubs International District 4c3.

The medical mission was aimed to support the poor people of the Terai region of Nepal, who have no proper access to such facilities, and was undertaken in the hope of spreading the humanitarian message of the LionÕs Club International and the Kailash Medical Foundation. The team of 13 included doctors, nurses from Kailash, and officials from the LionÕs Club. Over 2500 people received care over 6 days in two camps at Saptari and Itahari in the Terai region, the low-lying agriculture areas of Nepal.

The Terai region is populated mainly by indigenous tribes who have lived there for centuries. Due to the presence of rivers, major crops like rice, wheat, pulses, sugarcane, jute, tobacco, and maize are grown here. Industries like jute factories, sugar mills, rice mills and tobacco factories are also seen, along with beekeeping and honey production. The wealthy own the land and the poor people work for them. Sadly, some of these people have never even seen a real doctor or dentist; health care access, especially for the poor, is virtually non-existent.

The community leaders and police of the Saptari District helped move all the medicines, dental equipment, and other necessities to the medical camp site. The mission members were given a warm welcome by the local community, who had assembled for the camp. As might be expected, the residents wanted to make the best use of the opportunity, but the enthusiastic crowd became unmanageable at one point in the day. Fortunately, police and Koirala Medical Institute staff brought all under control peacefully.

Patients arrived with a variety of ailments, both medical and dental. Lack of hygiene education meant that many had to have teeth extracted. Moreover, all were reminded of the multitude of languages spoken in India, as even some of the local Lions had difficulty understanding local Saptari dialects.

At Itahari too, the mission staff received a welcome ceremony and great support from the local leaders After three days the team returned to Kathmandu and then flew back to the States with a keen sense of accomplishment at having been able to make a difference to the lives of so many people.

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