Another mosque in Hyderabad treats the sick

Hyderabad: A survey in the twin urban slums of Mohammedi Lines and Hakeempet, located in the west of the city, adjoining market areas like Shaikpet, Jubilee Hills and Tolichowki, revealed that primary health care facilities are lacking, in especially in Hakeempet which has around population of about two lakh, mostly daily work.

To provide free health services in urban slums, a city-based NGO, Helping Hand Foundation (HHF), set up a health care center in a mosque. A door-to-door survey was conducted in the Hakeempet and Mohammedi lines by the foundation; 514 households were contacted to assess people’s state of health and whether the services were adequate.

According to HHF, the survey involved 46% men and 54% women. No less than 77% of people go to private clinics, 19% to “Basti Dawakhanas” while 4% say they go to a nearby government hospital.

The survey revealed that most slum dwellers go to private clinics and hospitals. Forty-five percent said they spent up to Rs 200 per visit; the others spend between Rs 200 and 300 and more. This amounts to an average of 2,000 to 3,000 rupees per month in disbursements.

“More than 60% said private clinics are not functioning during the day. People usually wait until evening to access clinics even after disbursing money,” said Mujtaba Hasan Askari of HHF.

Considering the results of the survey, HHF, together with SEED-USA in collaboration with Masjid-e-Ibrahim in Hakeempet, opened its fifth primary health care center in Hakeempet and Mohammedi Lines. A common feature of the five primary health centers is that they are located in central slums and lack the space provided by mosques.

The Quadri Clinic at Masjid Ibrahim was officially opened by Habib Quadri, President of SEED-USA. His family came forward to sponsor him.

Askari said the clinic will have two doctors and nurses, a pharmacist, a data entry operator and two NCD counselors and will need Rs 30 lakh per year to provide free consultations, medicines and related services to the sections. disadvantaged.

“We provide high-quality primary health care integrated with other supportive interventions such as eye, dental and non-communicable disease care at the local level, which has a profound impact on health outcomes and social well-being. -economics of Hyderabad’s urban slums,” Askari added. .

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