Because the final 4 months, Farooq Ahmad Bhat and his NGO, Assist Poor Voluntary Belief, have turn into a beacon of hope for a whole lot dwelling within the Kashmir Valley who’re in want of medical help and have been the toughest hit in the course of the lockdown.
Each morning, dozens of sufferers and their kinfolk line up outdoors the Belief workplace in Srinagar to get free medicines, ambulance companies and monetary assist for his or her therapy.
For Mohammad Rafiq, a cardiac affected person from downtown Srinagar, Mr Bhat and his NGO have been life savers. “They helped me with (coronary artery) stent implant which prices Rs 80,000. They’re serving to me with month-to-month medicines as I’ve no supply of revenue,” he stated.
Because the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, the NGO has been offering free medicines to poor sufferers. The administration of the Belief stated they’ve over 1,200 sufferers registered who’re getting free medicines and monetary assist for the reason that previous few years. Amongst them, 250 sufferers have kidney issues and want common dialysis.
Mr Bhat stated for the reason that COVID-19 outbreak in March, the belief has given free medicines value over Rs 50 lakh.
“After lockdown, the administration determined to offer free medicines to sufferers affected by ailments like kidney failure, continual liver illness, psychological issues…,” the founding father of the Assist Poor Voluntary Belief added.
Abdul Rashid, who got here all the way in which from Lolab in Kupwara district — 110 km from Srinagar — as his son was affected by renal failure, has been receiving a month-to-month help from the Belief.
“They’re serving to me with Rs 5,000 per thirty days for medicines… We want cash for dialysis and medicines,” stated Mr Rashid.
The Kashmir valley has been largely shut for the final one yr now and has crippled native financial system and livelihood of individuals. The longest web shutdown within the wake of abrogation of article 370 on August 5 final yr elevated the issues after the federal government enforced a curfew and full communication blackout within the Valley.
Nevertheless, emergency companies by the NGO have helped saved dozens of lives even when residents had no entry to dial 100 or name an ambulance in Kashmir.
The Belief can also be operating a non-profit pharmacy the place medicines at cheaper charges can be found to everybody.
The NGO stated all this has been doable due to locals who’ve made donations.