Dominique Lapierre opens
|French write Dominique Lapierre today inaugurated the gynaecological
clinic funded by him and run by Sambhavna Trust here at Sant Kanwar Ram.
The writer of Midnight in Bhopal said it was a great moment for him. He said that he had come to know through newspapers that the Bhopal gas tragedy had been forgotten. "I, along with my co-author, Javier Moro, make it sure through our book that it will not be forgotten."
The clinic, now named as 'Dominique Lapierre - City of Joy Sambhavna Gynaecoloical Clinic', has been receiving financial help from Dominique Lapierre - City of Joy Foundation since March 1999 for improving the health cars of women survivors.
The Sambhavna Trust that was started in June 1995 runs the clinic. It now houses state-of-the-art equipment for screening, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancers and would compliment the range of facilities that have been provided by the Trust.
The funds from the Lapierre Trust have bought equipments to provide colposcopy and LLETZ (large Loop Excision of Transformation Zone), an advanced surgical system.
Addressing the gathering this afternoon, Dr Ingrid Eckerman, a member of the International Medical Advisory Board, said that there was a 300 per cent rise in stillbirth after the tragedy.
Some patients from the clinic and doctors and paramedical staff narrated their experiences with the clinic.
Earlier, Lapierre and the team of European journalists attended the Republic Day celebrations here at Lal Parade ground. They also visited the Union Carbide Plant.