Shia community medical camp gives relief to patients

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri society said their three-day medical camp in Dar es Salaam benefited hundreds of city residents who got free health services including medical checkups.

Apart from offering Islamic services, the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Islamic society offers humanitarian supports to Tanzanians without considering religions, tribes or races.

Association’s chairperson, Mr Muhammedraza Dewji, said the camp, which was held at Mnazi Mmoja grounds, was   intended to offer free health services, including making medical checkups for eyes, non-communicable diseases and blood donation.

Mr Dewji said such humanitarian activities were meant to give back to the community.

The event pulled volunteering health experts and stakeholders from 50 institutions.

Apart from health workers from health centres, hospitals and pharmacies, the camp also pulled stakeholders of non-governmental organisations of Wilphas and Hawzatul Mustafa.

During the three-day camp, people with eye problems were diagnosed and referred to hospitals, such as KSI Temeke and Medewell, for free treatment.

The camp managed to diagnose several residents who showed up without knowing their health status.

On Saturday, which was the last day of the camp, a total of 300 residents were diagnosed with cataract and were promised to get free treatment at the association’s hospitals.

Apart from medical services, the camp was also part of propagating teachings of Imam Hussain.

Mr Mohamedraza noted that at the event the participants reflected teachings of Imam Hussain who had fought for truth and surrendered his life.

“His teachings based on spreading love and teachings of Prophet Mohammad. He explained about the importance of having mercy on others and embracing justice,” he said.

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