Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora opening the camp in Dukhan.
DOHA: About 50 percent of expatriate workers tested at a free medical camp in Dukhan on Friday were found suffering from diabetes or hypertension.
About 650 low-income workers benefited from camp organised by the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) at Dukhan Industrial Area.
The event at Galfar Al Misnad site premises was held in collaboration with the Indian Doctors Club, Qatar Chapter and Aster medical group.
This was the 15th free medical camp organised by the ICBF.
The camp provided free medical consultation, investigation and free medicine to workers of different nationalities from labour camps in Dukhan Industrial area.
Besides Indians, workers from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan also took part in the camp.
Pre-registration of around 700 workers was done by ICBF, the Indian Society of Dukhan (ISD) and Telugu Kala Samithi (TKS) volunteers by visiting various labour camps in the area. On-the-spot registration was available workers in need.
A team of 13 doctors and eight paramedical staff and pharmacists volunteered for the camp. Dr Surekha Dudni gave a special presentation on general hygiene, safety and environment.
Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora inaugurated the camp. Sasikumar (Deputy Chief of the embassy and ICBF Coordinating officer), Kareem Abdulla (President of ICBF). Nilangshu Dey (Chairman, Advisory council, ICBF) were also present, among other dignitaries.
The ambassador enquired the workers about the problems they were facing and asked them to approach the embassy for any assistance and support.
He also spent time with student volunteers, took their suggestions for the medical camp and asked them to communicate with him directly with their suggestions.