Continuing its steadfast campaign of community service, Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF), under the patronage of the Embassy of India, Qatar, in association with KIMS Qatar Medical Center, conducted their 29th Free Medical Camp for workers on Friday.
The camp was held at the KIMS Qatar Medical Center, Al Wakra, from 7am to 12pm, and especially focused on assisting the fishermen from different areas of Qatar including Wakrah, Doha and even Al Khor.
The Medical Camp was inaugurated by the Ambassador of India to Qatar, P. Kumaran, in presence of Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy, R.K. Singh; President of ICBF, Devis Edakulathur; President of ICC, Milan Arun; President of IBPN, K.M. Varghese; Arvind Patil, immediate past president, ICBF; N V Kader, past president ICBF; Shahnaz Gaffar, representing Executive Director KIMS; Nishad Azeem; Udhaya Kumar N-Administrator, KIMS; Lidin Bal T, Marketing Manager, KIMS; Saseendran K Vyas, Academics Manager, Wellcare Pharmacy; Gaurav Kakkar, Chairman, Doha Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI); S K Rupalakshmi, Vice Chairperson, Doha Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), and other dignitaries.
Ambassador Kumaran addressed the concerns of workers and spent considerable time with the fishermen who attended the medical camp to inquire about their issues and provided assurance of all possible assistances from the embassy in highlighting and resolving their concerns with the respective authorities of the Qatari government. The fishermen expressed their heartfelt gratitude to ICBF for this opportunity to express their grievances and concerns on a one-to-one basis directly to the Indian ambassador.
ICBF arranged free health cards for the fishermen, which was personally presented during the camp by the ambassador.
E T Muhammed Basheer, Member of Indian Parliament, visited the medical camp, and expressed his gratitude to the ambassador for extending him the invitation to the medical camp and addressing the fishermen. He also assured that he will in person reflect upon the concerns of the fishermen to the government on his return. Bashir was all praise for ICBF.
ICBF made a special mention of Senthil from Tamizhar Sangham, due to his meticulous co-ordination between ICBF and the fishermen in continuously highlighting their concerns to ICBF and ensuring their attendance at the medical camp.
The camp was supported by the Doha Chapter of the ICAI and Aryaas Restaurant.
Gaurav Kakkar, Chairman of ICAI Doha Chapter, said that though ICAI is a body relevant to financial transactions, it well recognises and recommends the importance of being obliged socially and philanthropically for every entity. He appreciated the contributions of ICBF to the Indian Community in Qatar and showed a keen interest in supporting the noble humanitarian activities carried out by ICBF.
Kavitha Vasanth, Management Representative, Aryaas Restaurant (QMI Hospitality Division) extended her staunch support by providing free and quality breakfast for all medical staff and volunteers for the medical camp.
The team of dedicated doctors consisted of general physicians, specialised doctors and dentists. Paramedical services were also available. Wellcare Group provided free medicines. The ‘Yoga in Doha’ group conducted Yoga sessions for the workers throughout the camp.
The camp provided free medical assistance to over 200 fishermen and 300 workers from various labour camps and companies in Doha of at least five different nationalities. A huge number of spot registrations were also attended to in addition to two medical emergencies during the camp. The cases requiring further medical assistances were provided references. All attendees were provided refreshments after the completion of consultation process.
President of ICBF, Devis Edakulathur, said, “This camp was the first of its kind in that it focused on Indian fishermen. It’s also the first step of ICBF towards distributing free HMC medical cards for the needy. We thank ambassador Kumaran, the Indian embassy, and R K Singh for their persistent support for the cause and addressing the grievances.”
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