Volume 4 - Issue 12 DECEMBER 2006
INSPIRING SEVA IN ABU DHABI
Twelve Medical Camps in Indian Embassy Premises, Abu Dhabi, UAE
A word to ease the troubled mind,
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven sheikhdoms located in the southeastern corner of the Arab peninsula. Bordered by the Sultanate of Oman and the Gulf of Oman to the east; Saudi Arabia to the south and west; and by the Arabian Gulf to the north, the total land area, including 20 islands, is 83,000 sq km (32,278 sq mi). The seven emirates of UAE are
Islam is the religion professed by the majority of the population but Christianity, Hinduism, and other religions are also practised.
The UAE, which beautifully blends traditional Arab and Islamic cultures with the modernity of a cosmopolitan living environment, has one of the world's highest standards of living and the average life expectancy is 72 years.
In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of tourists who visit this Middle Eastern country endowed with warm seas and cozy beaches. Visitors are attracted by award winning hotels, sports events and shopping spectaculars, apart from a mild winter climate. Each emirate has its own beauty and splendors of the desert.
SAI Serve And Inspire
“We used to come to the Indian embassy for Visa and passport renewals or attestation of document papers. Some workers come here for legal support. Now Sai Baba is bringing us to the embassy every month to get free health checkups and free medicines. We are very happy."
The industrial and hygiene workers from
These camps go a long way in maintaining the workers’ health and even saving lives as a tearful Dasarathan, who works for a construction company, says, “My brother came to Abu Dhabi six months before by paying an agent Rs 90,000. He was unable to work as he was not eating properly, vomiting whatever he eats, and he had a bad cough. He was becoming very thin and weak. I phoned the SAI camp doctor and took him there. The doctor arranged X-rays and gave a lot of medicines for his serious lung infection. SAI brothers also collected some money for his return ticket to
Serve and Inspire (SAI) endeavors to extend medical seva to those who need it the most.
The Medical seva is conducted every month on a Friday subject to the availability of the embassy premises. It begins around two in the afternoon and extends till the last patient is seen. As soon as patients arrive, they are received with a warm welcome by SAI volunteers and registered to the concerned doctor. General physicians carry out a thorough clinical examination, followed by screening for silent killer diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension in all high-risk patients.
Earlier SAI volunteers used to go to the workers’ accommodation and bring the patients to the medical camps, transporting them back home after treatment. More recently, patients are making the journey themselves to save time and get there first! Many patients ring up the embassy or the volunteers on the previous day to reconfirm camp dates and also to arrange the visits of their co-workers. The date of the next camp is usually announced while the patients are leaving after their consultation and medication and they have become indispensable in the lives of the workers, as Devaraj, a patient with low back pain, tells H2H, “I was having shoulder and back pains. The SAI Doctor gave some medicines from
Enthusiastic SAI Doctors Give Lifesaving Treatment
Swami says, “Whoever comes seeking service from you is the one you must attend at that time. It will be your duty to give that person some satisfaction through your service, and that will be the best work that you can do at that time."
Following this teaching, devotee doctors and volunteers attend to all patients without any distinction. They also carry out regular check ups and follow-ups. The patients who attend these camps are from different parts of the world with different faiths. But they all have the common belief that it is Baba who is healing and curing them.
Caring for the Eyes
It is only through the gift of our eyes that we can see and visualize the creator in human form and His creations, and experience His Divine Grace. Another mission of the Serve and Inspire (SAI) group is to provide clear and healthy vision for those affected with eye ailments. The two dedicated devotee ophthalmologists regularly attend to fifteen to twenty-five patients per camp, and during the seventh medical camp, they treated a record number of sixty six. They corrected ocular ailments and provided free reading glasses to patients with presbiopia for near vision.
“Before I was unable to read letters or newspapers, which I thought was due to my general weakness. I am happy that after checking my eyes, the SAI clinic doctor gave me glasses and now I can clearly read letters from home,” said one joyful patient.
'Be A Patient Patient, Don’t Be Impatient’
The message of quality medical service offered by the SAI devotee doctors and the medical team volunteers has been well received. It is touching to see patients starting to arrive at the embassy premises right from ten in the morning though the camp is scheduled at two in the afternoon. “Be a Patient, Patient - Don’t be Impatient” has been a well followed maxim in all medical and awareness camps. Of different nationalities, the patients wait their turn patiently and help the more needy to be treated first. During eight medical camps, a record number of 236 patients were examined and provided treatment. Seeing the overwhelming response, His Excellency, the Indian ambassador, announced that medical camps should be carried out twice in a month, thereby fulfilling the needs of patients such as Koteswar Rao, a diabetic patient requiring frequent monitoring and treatment, who had remarked, “Is it possible for the embassy to invite the SAI doctors to organize medical camps once every 15 days for people like us?”
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The Serve And Inspire seva team thanks Bhagavan for giving them an opportunity to serve the needy and prays for His blessings to continue this noble service every year. We, at H2H, thank the devotees in UAE for lovingly sharing these stories, which we are sure, will inspire many of our readers to undertake similar ennobling tasks.
Dear Reader, did this story inspire you? Would you like more of such stories? Do you know of any inspiring service activity going on in any part of the world? Please write to us, along with your name and country, at [email protected] Thank you for your time.
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Vol 4 Issue 12 - DECEMBER 2006
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