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Church to offer financial aid to patients

Helping hand: Our Lady of the Rosary Church has formed a medical committee to verify patients.

Helping hand: Our Lady of the Rosary Church has formed a medical committee to verify patients.  

Mazgaon parish to unveil ‘community care’ project on November 17

In a unique initiative, the Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Mazgaon is gearing up to offer financial assistance to people suffering from various ailments who cannot purchase the medicines prescribed to them.

As many as 32 people have reached out for help so far, and the church is scrutinising their medical papers.

Fr. Nigel Barrett, the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, said the ‘community care’ initiative will start from November 17, the World Day of the Poor. “Every parish is working out initiatives to help the poor. While some churches have devised ways to provide food, we decided to work on medical assistance,” said Fr. Barrett. The Cardinal has put up a challenge to all parishes to start a project that caters to the poor, he said. “There are so many people who have to make a choice between food and medicines. Therefore, we thought of working in the medical assistance area,” said Fr. Barrett.

Rowena D’souza, co-ordinator for the initiative, said a medical committee has been formed to verify the patients. “Some are in need of partial help while others are expecting full financial assistance. It will be worked out after the verification,” she said.

Of the 32 parishioners who have reached out, some are on dialysis, while others need support for regular diabetes and hypertension medications, Ms. D’souza said.

While the plan is to utilise the donations made to the church, those who get help can, in turn, chose to donate some amount to the church as well. “It is not a compulsion. We are not going to make sure that they donate something. We will keep it an open option so that those who get help can contribute in a very small way,” said Fr. Barrett.

The parish plans to tie up with a local chemist who has offered a discount on the bills of patients seeking aid through the church.

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