Hyderabad: The primary health care centre operating out of Masjid Mohammed Mustafa in Rajendarnagar served 31,795 patients – both adults and children – in 2021. In 2020, the mosque had offered its premises to the NGO Helping Hand Foundation and SEED-USA to set up a clinic.
Around 17,000 adults and 11,000 children availed free treatment at the clinic and it saw 2,990 gynecological, 1,560 dental, and 498 opthal patients. Around 1,648 patients were screened and enrolled in the NCD prevention and control programme.
The clinic conducted vaccination camps and administered the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 10,000 adults in the last three months. Around 100 children from government primary schools are fed mid-day meals at the clinic and since the lockdown in March 2020, it has served 75,000 meals to underprivileged children.
The Rabia Clinic, named after the donor's mother, has added another 2,000 square feet of swanky space on the first floor and will now offer primary care, dental care, eye screening, prevention and control of NCDs, wellness for women and acute management of medical cases along with higher centre referrals. "It is our endeavour to improve primary care at the grass-root level. Good primary care has a multiplier effect on the well-being of underprivileged families in more than one way," said Davar Qureshi, a member of the board of SEED-USA.
Mujtaba Hasan Askari of Helping Hand Foundation said, "Our idea is to create an ambiance that will enhance the trust factor. Thus, a well set up clinic with end-to-end services in a highly sanitised and hygienic environment is what brings patients to us and particularly when the services are pro bono."
The women's health centre has two full-time doctors, four nurses, two counsellors, a dietician, a dental surgeon, dental assistant, senior ophthalmologist, and a dietician on board. It also runs an OPD that caters to 200-250 patients per day.