Assisting Nepal flood victims

October 16, 2017 at 6:00 AM

nepal-flood-recovery1.jpgJoseph Mishra conducts a blood test on a Nepalese women. Dr. Kapil Mishra led a team of health care providers to aid flood victims in Nepal.

(Editor's note: Dr. Kapil Mishra is the ministry director of the Luke Society Nepal where he uses his gifts in medicine to conduct health training, health education and evangelism. He has been a Luke Society partner since 2007.)

Assisting Nepal flood victims

By Dr. Kapil Mishra

While servicing flood victims with medicines, we enjoyed the varied and numerous situations – some of which were new experiences. The sites and locations were 50 kilometers long and 30 kilometers in wide.

The service sites were under trees, under the bamboo shades, in the community schools and on the river banks under the plastic shade.

Churches welcomed us and arranged food – sometimes by themselves and sometimes we covered their cost of food as they were helping us to serve the patients.

The communities thanked local churches while the churches were thankful to the Luke Society International. Some times when the churches were expecting more – like wanting us to leave some medicines in their church in some quantity –  we told them it is in a small scale what we are doing, and we could not do so. We knew that otherwise the medicines will just be deteriorated in the corner with the lack of a person able to serve properly. So, we denied in that case.

We were also able to serve one site in the third district who was requesting us to treat them one day. We served more than a dozen elderly people who were more than 100 years of age. Almost all the patients we served needed a supplement of vitamins and minerals together for other co-existing infections. 

We continued the service for almost two weeks. We covered the major five sites where the medical service was crucially necessary. The number of days at each site depended on the patients flow.

The total patients we served were 1,035. They got their health checked up and received the medications. Whoever needed tests for blood sugar, blood MP (Malaria Test) and Widal (Typhoid), they were done on the spot by the testing kits. For some of them who needed other tests, we collected their blood got tested on the lab and got them the report and medicines accordingly.

This medical service served two purposes. One is that we were able to serve our people in a time of need. And the other one is that it had a good impact towards the churches.

The pastors were very happy and were sharing with us that many are going to be added to the local churches by the impact of this medical service. We are receiving the feedback from the pastors that now the people around their churches have a better understanding of the churches.

nepal-flood-recovery2.jpgA photo of the team of health care providers who assisted the medical needs of flood victims in Nepal earlier this month.  (Photos submitted)


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