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30 yrs of service to leprosy patients

30 yrs of service to leprosy patients
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The 30th anniversary of St Gregorios Balagram, which takes care of children affected by leprosy, would be observed on Sunday at its premises at Yacharam in Ibrahimpatnam. “A number of children from Balagram have completed school, college and engineering and have settled in their life in the last few years

The 30th anniversary of St Gregorios Balagram, which takes care of children affected by leprosy, would be observed on Sunday at its premises at Yacharam in Ibrahimpatnam. “A number of children from Balagram have completed school, college and engineering and have settled in their life in the last few years,” according to Rev KI Philip Ramban, director and clergy of the Indian Orthodox Church, which runs the institution.

A public meeting would be held to mark the anniversary. Ibrahimpatnam MLA Manchi Kishan Reddy would be the chief guest while K Ramesh Goud, ZPTC member, Yacharam; G Mallesh, MPTC member, Thakkalappally; and Jyothi Sreenu Naik, MPP member, Yacharam; would be the important dignitaries at the event. Bishops of the Orthodox Church would also grace the occasion.

Dr Osthathios Metropolitan Memorial Lecture, in memory of Late Bishop Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, the founder of Balagram, would be delivered by Rev Dr O Thomas. The eye hospital attached to Balagram would celebrate its 14th anniversary on the occasion. The hospital has been conducting free cataract surgeries to deserving persons among villagers in the area.

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