For example, there are about 1500 leprosy patients in the province. I try to visit all of them every year to bring them medicines, but also spiritual and moral support and encouragement so that they do not isolate themselves. Sometimes these patients have to be taken to hospital and our Caritas, a diocesan work under the responsibility of the Jesuits with the collaboration of religious sisters, takes care of them meeting the transport and medical costs involved and providing accompaniment.
Here is another example of the assistance we provide. We have an ambulance because the hospital’s regular ambulance services do not go easily into the mountains. In fact, many mothers died in childbirth because they could not go to the hospital. So, we considered it was a priority.
I also remember the case of a man who suffered severe burns. People, at first thought that he must have been drunk and that he set his house on fire through negligence. The reality was that he had entered his burning house to save his wife and 4-year-old daughter. She had unexpectedly turned on the gas when the mother lit the fire to cook the meal and everything blew up. We accompanied them and paid for the medical expenses.