Health centre at mosque serves ailing flood victims | Hyderabad News


Hyderabad: Masjid Omer-al-Shifa, located in Saif Colony, Shaheenagar, which opened its doors to the post flood-ravaged citizens of at least 20-plus slums in December 2020, is now serving the ailing.
Catering to around 3 lakh to 4 lakh people, the health centre at the mosque has treated over 35,000 patients free of cost since December, and now sees 300 to 350 patients per day. The health centre is run by the NGO Helping Hand Foundation (HHF).
With the absence of Basti Dawakhanas and primary health centre in the area, a survey found that post floods, the residents of these slums had inadequate access to basic primary healthcare services. Post floods, many had lost their houses and even jobs that worsened the socio-economic condition of the people in that area, and this had a debilitating impact on the health of many families.
“In view of the increasing demand for good quality primary healthcare services, we have also opened up a night clinic which is now catering to 100-150 patients from 6 to 9 pm daily,” said Mujtaba Hasan Askari of HHF.
Many patients come to the centre with high blood pressure and diabetes on a daily basis. “Dental and Hijama (cupping therapy) clinics are an integral part of the health centre. Most women with gynaec issues are not only treated but also undergo Hijama for better outcomes,” said Firdaus Fatima, a physician at the centre.
Given the high incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the centre is also providing counselling and screening for prevention of chronic diseases.
“Ante -natal check-ups are done for pregnant women who cannot afford hospital visits and about 50 women have registered for ante-natal care,” said Asema Mumtaz, another physician at the centre.
The HHF spends Rs 4 lakh per month to run the centre and has received support from Lean Foundation, USA for medicines.


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