They come from homes where it’s been difficult to have full fortified meals on a daily basis. Their parents would skip their meals to provide to their children; milk would be a distant thought for those who didn’t have cows; and special meals comprised sweet or flavoured rice on occasions. But now they are happy. The daily meals served at our Chatralayams have been charted by experts to give our students the right strength and fitness for everyday life and medical check-ups have enabled them to be clinically fit.
Our 21 girls living in AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh had a free medical check-up done at the Saraswati Medical College recently. The check-up included dental, ENT (ear, nose and throat) and eye examination. Along with the check-up, the college volunteered to take care of their transport and lunch. Medicines were also provided free of cost to those prescribed. All this was possible because of the Medical Superintendent, Col. Dr. Pradyuman Singh of the Saraswati Medical College.
In December 2017, news reports revealed doctors had conducted 32 cataract surgeries under torchlight at a hospital in Unnao district. So access to good quality medi care continues to be an issue in the region.
Down south, students from the Kosuri-Doraiswamy AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, committee members of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi Trust conducted a free medical camp for the 36 young minds living there. These boys come from nearby villages like Khutia, Kishannagar, Paras Pani, Babu Purwa, Ambakhoreya, Suda, Gidhia, Baheridar, Vibhuti Khand and Jangal where healthcare facilities are inadequate which in turn has led to irregular attendance at local schools. But now these medical check-ups are helping us to stay healthy and fit.