Christ wanted his followers to have compassion for the suffering. St. Luke’s gospel says that Jesus sent his disciples out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. The followers of Christ heeded the Pauline counsel that “if one member suffer anything, all the members suffer with it, or if one member glories, all the members rejoice with it.” The corporal works of Compassion, which include the care of the sick, should be incumbent on all Christian believers. In order to take care of the suffering sick, the missionaries of Compassion establish hospitals, dispensaries and free medical camps in the remote villages and care centres for the terminally ill.
Thanks to the whole hearted service of volunteer doctors of the Find the Cure, Italy, and local expert doctors and medical assistants the Missionaries of Compassion has been conducting free medical camps in the remote villages in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Hundreds of patients who do not have access to the hospitals in the towns benefit from this service.
The first free medical camp was conducted on 24 February 2007 in Kottanpangy, in a small village church, where about 90 patients were examined. Majority of the patients were suffering from Scabies (a common skin infection that causes small itchy bumps and blisters due to tiny mites that burrow into the top layer of human skin to lay their eggs),malnutrition, fever, and wounds. Seven other villages in and around Eluru benefitted from the expertise of the Find the Cure in February 2007.
From 12 October 2007 a group of Italian doctors participate in the medical camps in the villages of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Their remarkable service is extended for over a month in these places and it is beneficial for hundreds of poor sick, who otherwise do not have any means to cure for their illness.
As many poor benefit from these free medical camps, we expect to conduct free medical camps on a regular basis in places where there is urgent need.