Hundreds attend Patient Care Trust’s free medical camp

DHARAMSALA, July 16: Hundreds of local Tibetans attended the three-day free medical camp organized by the Patient Care Trust and took medical advice from super specialist doctors for various ailments.

Patient Care Trust, an NGO that serves Tibetans in India who are in need of medical assistance and health care has organised a free medical camp from July 14 to July 16, 2018, at the courtyard of Tsug-lag-Khang, the main temple in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala.

The NGO strives to offer a comprehensive medical assistance service that ensures all Tibetans have access to safe and high quality medical care, regardless of the severity of their health conditions or socioeconomic status by connecting them with prominent doctors at some of the most reputed government hospitals in India, such as AIIMS Hospital, New Delhi, Safdarjung Hospital, and RML Hospital and National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases in Delhi.

“The kind approval from the Health Ministry, Government of India has made it possible to invite a team of around 15 doctors (Super Specialists) from AIIMS Hospital who will graciously provide free medical check-ups and consultations,” the NGO said in their press release.

E.N.T, Orthopedic, Pediatric, Oncology (Cancer), Neurology, Pulmonary and ophthalmology super specialist doctors from AIIMS will consult patients from 10 am to 4 pm each day during the camp.

This is the second free medical camp being organised by the Patient Care Trust. The first free medical camp was held earlier this year on April 18. As many as 10 senior doctors from Safdarjung Hospital, RML, National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease and Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, Tanda provided services for the over 500 people who attended the first free medical camp.

Sonam Wangyal, Founder and Director of Patient Care Trust

“PCT is currently the only organization providing safe, quality, and affordable medical care for the Tibetan community in India and we are eager to help as many Tibetans in India as possible,” Sonam Wangyal, the Founder and Director of the NGO told reporters.

“Tibetans while seeking medical facilities and treatments are more often than not met with lots of confusions and uncertainties in spite of one’s economic capability. Through this outreach program, we aim to assist in providing access to safe, affordable and quality healthcare facilities to Tibetans in India by referring them to the best doctors and hospitals run by the Indian government owing to the network the NGO had built  over the last seven years,” Sonam Wangyal said when enquired how can they assist Tibetans seeking medical treatment.had

Sonam Wangyal founded Patient Care Trust seven years ago with former Kalon Tripa Sandhong Rinpoche as the chief advisor. During the latter’s meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama blessed the organisation with the name Nad Kyop Getsa Tsogpa (ནད་སྐྱོབ་དགེ་རྩ་ཚོགས་པ།) after discussing on the organisation.

The NGO was registered with the Indian government in 2014 and a year later in 2015, the exile Tibetan administration in recognition of his efforts to make medical care available to all Tibetans in India gave him an award during the celebrations for the 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. Wangyal is supported by 3 dedicated Tibetan nurses and a total of 9 workers at the Patient Care Trust including the nurses.on

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