3 Cardiology Clinics (between 12/11 & 16/11 2018) and Donation of Medical Equipment in Vanni

3 Cardiology Clinics in Vanni between 12th & 16th Nov 2018

Assist Resettlement & Renaissance – Assist RR conducted three cardiology clinics simultaneously in MannarKillinochchi, and Mullaittivu, in Sri Lanka.This was made possible by the generous volunteer service of Dr Mayooran Shanmuganathan, Dr Khalda Halim & Dr Andy Morley-Smith, all from Harefield Hospital in UK. They performed echocardiogram scans on >250 patients and exercise treadmill ECG tests on 20 patients in 5 days. This ensured early diagnosis and management for patients with heart disease who otherwise face long waiting times and travel to see a cardiac specialist in the neighbouring districts. Unlike the previous trips, they spent a considerable amount of time during the past week training local doctors and technicians in various aspects of cardiology medical practice. 

IMGP0183 copyAssist RR have so far conducted eight cardiology clinics in Sri Lanka and the volunteer doctors have helped over 1000 patients during these clinics. Previous volunteer cardiologists have been Dr Wala Mattar, Dr Anenta Ramakrishnan, Dr Gemma Parry-WilliamsDr Richard Brown and Dr Manoharan Santhalingam, all from the UK. Thanks to Assist RR (Sri Lanka) for making all the logistics possible. Words of mention and congratulations must also go to Dr Muhammadh Nisath, Dr Thanabalasingam Piragalathan and other junior doctors for their excellent contribution to the clinic in the past week.

A special thanks must also go to Mr James who has been providing the volunteer doctors with free accommodation at his excellent hotel in Mannar (Hotel Gateway Inn, Emilnagar, Mannar town). A BIG THANKS to donors on https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/srilankacardiologyclinic. Your money will be used to run clinics and also donate necessary medical equipments to needy hospitals as well as support the most needly patients receive healthcare and support their livelihood. Assist RR will continue to run these clinics in the region until a cardiologist is appointed to these hospitals by the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka. Please get in touch if you wish to volunteer! A few photos of the clinics are attached.

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Donation of Essential Medical Equipment to Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi hospitals

Further to requests from the above two hospitals, our friend from Australia, Eng Thirukumaran, raised funds in Australia to purchase 3 Multipara monitors (2 to Mullaithivu & 1 to Kilinochchi) at a cost Rs 600,000. A multipara monitor provides and records a patient’s medical vital signs (body temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate and respiratory rate) or measurements of the activity of various body organs such as ECG monitors and anesthesia monitors. Vital signs are an important component of patient care. They determine which treatment protocols to follow, provide critical information needed to make life-saving decisions, and confirm feedback on treatments performed. These monitors were handed over to these hospitals last week. Funds were provided by GODS OWN CHILDREN FOUNDATION, Australasian Chapter, and friends from Australia through Rotary Australia World Community Service. I would like to thank the Australians for their generous support that enabled these donations. Photos are attached.

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Best regards,

Dr Velautham Sarveswaran
Assist Resettlement & Renaissance
Solihull School in the West Midlands, UK, has been contributing to the needs of our victims of war back home since 2009. Recently, two 13-year old, Year-8 pupils, Conor & Harvey, completed running 9 kM in the ”Race the Train”challenge to raise funds for 3 charities on 18 August 2018.

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