Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:56


The Tongaat Cluster of the Sathya Sai Organisation, South Africa together with the Chinna Thirupathi Venketeswara Devasthanam joined forces to bring some much needed free medical care to the community of Tongaat. It took months of planning and organising to put a camp of this magnitude together. The Steering Committee worked hard to secure Service Providers, sevadals as well as some much needed consumables to ensure the success of the camp.

The morning started bright and early for the many sevadals that had volunteered their time. Sevadals started gathering at the Temple Hall from around 06H00. As sevadals arrived, they were treated to breakfast before they took up their duties. Breakfast was also provided to all the Service Providers that attended the camp. After breakfast, all attendees commenced the camp with an opening prayer followed by the Seva Prayer.


Each patient had to pre-register for one of the disciplnes that were being provided. Upon their arrival, each patient was registered and given a patient number for the day. Registration was divided between the 3 disciplines which were provided. Each discipline was colour coded using stickers attached to patient forms to ensure that they could be easily recognised by the sevadals.

Pre-Screening - 3 Professional nurses

After registration, each patient was then taken to the pre-screening cubicle in which registered nurses administered Sugar and Blood Pressure testing. The patient’s height and weight were also recorded. Patients were also asked a pre-determined set of questions to obtain their medical history. Patients that were found to be diabetic or too fragile to follow the queue, were fast tracked through the system using a special coded sticker for them to be identified by the sevadals and the necessary service providers.

Optometry - 3 x Optometrists plus 1 x Dispensing Optometerist

Before seeing the optometrist, each patient had to visit the auto refactory room which served as pre-screening. Thereafter, they were seen to by the optometrist and if glasses were required, then to the dispensing station where glasses were dispensed. For those whose specs were not available for dispensing, they were given a note to fetch their glasses on the 16th September 2018 at the same venue. Some of the patients were ecstatic after being given glasses. This immediately enable them to see the world in a completely different light.

Dentistry - 1 x Dentist

The dentist attended to the patients to determine if any extractions were required. If so, then they were given injections before extractions were done.


Whilst patients were waiting to see either the Dentist or the General Practitioner, they were entertained by a series of medical videos at this General Practitioner hub highlighting some important healthy living tips for them to use in their everyday lives.

DISPENSARY – 1 x Pharmacist

After seeing either the GP or the dentist, patients were given scripts to collect their medication from a registered Pharmacist that was on duty.


The day ended with a sumptuous lunch being served to all the sevadals and Service Providers who gave their time on a Sunday morning to serve in the spirit of Swami’s teachings - “ Love All Serve All”

The culmination of all this hard work, time, the energy expended and sacrifice was simply seeing the sheer joy on the faces of the many patients present at the camp receiving much needed medical care and advice which is so hard to come by during these difficult times. Each patient left with a goody bag of fruits, muffin, chips and a juice. It must be noted that due to the sensitivity of the camp, photographs were not taken of patients receiving medical care by the service providers.

“Health is an essential requisite for man; it is the very foundation for all his endeavours in the pursuit of the four objectives of life: Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Wealth), Kaama (Desire) and Moksha (Liberation)" - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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"The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization ... is to help you recognize the divinity inherent in you. So, your duty is to emphasize the One, to experience the One in all you do or speak. Do not give importance to differences of religion, sect, status, or color. Have the feeling of one-ness permeate all your acts. Only those who do so have a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw."

January 6, 1975

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