Mangaluru, Aug 05, 2015: Briefing media on Aug 4, Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader stated that for the first time in the State, the ’attendants’ of the patients admitted in Government Wenlock Hospital in the city will be given free lunch with the help of an NGO.
Minister Khader said that normally free food to the patients is provided, the relatives who take care of them are often seen sharing a part of their food, provided by the hospital. Otherwise, the relatives have to depend on nearby hotels or canteens which is fraught with defficulties. The Snehalaya Charitable Trust, near Manjeshwar in Kasargod, has come forward to supply food to these attendants free of cost.
The Trust, with the help of donors, will supply food in the afternoon. In fact, with the help of donors, a modified vehicle has been arranged to supply meals. The Trust has already made arrangement for the vessels to cook the food. If NGOs come forward, Lady Goschen Hospital in the city and other district hospitals in the State may have the same facility.
When contacted, Snehalaya Trust Managing Trustee Joseph Crasta said that the Trust would supply food to the attendants of 700 patients in the hospital. All the preparations have been made. If everything goes well, the food will be supplied from August 14. For the supply of food, Sulthan Gold and MLA J R Lobo have given one vehicle each.
In order to supply food for a day Rs 7,000 is required. The public can also donate towards the supply food. If donors help, then food will be supplied at Lady Goschen Hospital as well. The Trust already supplies food to 180 persons at General Hospital in Kasargod.