LAHORE | As part of the Seed Ventures program in partnership with Ashoka Youth Ventures, a team of Pakistani Seeds organized a free medical clinic in the Green Town area of Lahore on December 3.
The clinic drew 300 people, 65 percent of whom were female, for health screenings and medical checkups.
“We wanted to provide basic health screening and create awareness about the importance of health and hygiene in the underprivileged community, which cannot afford private consultants,” said Rana, the student in charge of the clinic. “These people only visit doctors when they have reached the last stage of terminal diseases.”
Ten students from various educational institutes volunteered at the clinic, alongside 15 Seeds. Pakistani Graduate Seed Mahak Mansoor was also one of the four doctors who volunteered for the day.
Dr. Mansoor, who is a practicing gynecologist at Mayo Hospital, said that the women’s interest had highlighted the need for counselling women from rural and impoverished areas about reproductive health. She said that such programs were also essential for incorporating a sense of social responsibility in youth.
The clinic offered free diabetes, cholesterol, calcium and eye tests, as well as free consultation by OBGYN and other specialists.
Seeds gave health and hygiene awareness talks and demonstrations in Urdu and Punjabi to those in attendance.
US Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer Kathryrn Kiser was among the observers who toured the clinic.