Health care centre set up at Osmanagar masjid to assist flood-affected families

A masjid in Osmanagar, one of the worst flood-ravaged areas in the city which is still partially inundated after the October floods, will now house a health care centre to provide free medical treatment to the residents of over 12 slums in its vicinity.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 Dec 2020 2:03 PM GMT
Health care centre set up at Osmanagar masjid to assist flood-affected families

Hyderabad: A masjid in Osmanagar, one of the worst flood-ravaged areas in the city which is still partially inundated after the October floods, will now house a health care centre to provide free medical treatment to the residents of over 12 slums in its vicinity. The centre is being set up in association with the NGO Helping Hand Foundation.

Masjid Omer Al Shifa in Osman Nagar's Saif colony has apportioned an area, measuring nearly 3,000 sq. ft, for a primary health care centre to provide affordable health care to locals affected by the recent floods. The clinic will have three full-time doctors, nurses, counsellors, ambulance services, and will stay open between 10am and 4 p.m all days of the week except Sundays.

This is the third primary health care centre set up by Helping Hand Foundation (HHF) in a masjid, the other two being in N.S. Kunta and Wadi e Mahmood, Rajendranagar.

"HHF has been running medical camps at Osmanagar for the past 70 days. On average, 150-200 people have been provided free medical care in this area after the floods. With the absence of any Basti Dawakana in the nearby vicinity and with no doctors available at CHC, Barkas, for many years, people in this area needed good quality, affordable, and accessible health care services," said Mujtaba Askari, the founder of HHF.

Many residents affected by the floods continue to reel under poverty and loss of wages. Affordable and accessible health care is the need of the hour, Askari said, adding, "With contaminated water stagnating in these areas for an extended period of time, the residents have been suffering from fungal infections, scabies, and other seasonal diseases. Many elderly patients who suffer from NCDs like diabetes, hypertension, and CAD have lost their medical records in the floods and are in need of proper evaluation and treatment."

The primary health care centre established at Masjid Omer Al Shifa will provide primary care services. It will also serve as a daycare centre for other interventions like fluid replacement, moderate trauma injuries, wound dressing, and other basic nursing care.


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