More than 200 customers participated at the third Sampath Sanhinda medical camp held on 27 May at the Thalawathugoda Sampath branch premises.
The participants who were senior citizens from the areas in and around Thalawatugoda, Borella, Rajagiriya, Nugegoda, Homagama were highly appreciative of the service provided at the medical camp.
Comprehensive medical tests were carried out free of charge to check fasting blood sugar, total cholesterol, full blood count, creatinine, urine, liver condition of the participants. ECGs were also taken and qualified doctors did physical examinations. The medical tests and eye screening were facilitated by Durdans Hospital, Colombo and Vision Care.
Sampath is the only bank which conducts medical camps especially for senior citizens. The earlier camps were held at Matara and Nittambuwa areas respectively.
Commenting on the service provided at the medical camp, Professor Sudatta Ranasinghe – a Sampath Sanhinda Saver Customer who is a Professor in Management at the Open University – said that it was very useful.
“It helps you psychologically, especially when you are old and you become very anxious about your health. It’s most commendable as every test was carried out under one roof, free of charge. It was organised very well, putting in a lot of effort. More than anything, the medical advice given at the end by the trained doctor is most useful,” he said.
He was also happy that the camp gave them a feeling of togetherness and created an atmosphere to renew relations with known people. “I must say Sampath Bank has a competitive edge over other banks with this unique service,” he stressed.
President of the All-Ceylon Book Sellers Association Kusumabandu Samarawickrama – another Sampath Sanhinda Saver Customer – described it as “a very commendable project”. He had come with his wife and was quite happy they decided to come. He suggested that the scheme should be extended to cover village areas.
Tharaka Ranwala , Deputy General Manager of Marketing and Business Development said that the keenness of the customers could be gauged from the fact that they started coming in from 7:30 a.m. onwards. “They were so happy and enthusiastic and felt they were being recognised by the Bank. The project was a tremendous success.”
Apart from Thalawathugoda account holders from Battaramulla, Malabe, Rajagiriya, Borella, Nawala, Pita Kotte, Athuruigiriya, Nugegoda, Kottawa, Embuldeniya, Pelawatta, Maharagama, Kohuwala, Mattegoda, Homagama, Gangodawila and Kottawa turned up for the medical camp.