5 days on, volunteers work tirelessly at SMHS hospital

Working tirelessly from past five days, around 300 volunteers are providing free medicines and food to patients and their attendants at SMHS hospital here.
5 days on, volunteers work tirelessly at SMHS hospital
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Working tirelessly from past five days, around 300 volunteers are providing free medicines and food to patients and their attendants at SMHS hospital here. 

The volunteers have distributed themselves in various groups. Some of them are distributing medicines, some food and drinking water while others carry injured persons for undertaking diagnostic tests. 

These volunteers have erected makeshift tents in premises of the hospital.

Volunteers of Tawheed Forum J&K, an NGO have been providing tea, portable water, juice and meals to attendants in the hospital.

"We have not slept from past two days as we want serve our injured brothers and sisters," they said.

Opposite to their makeshift tent, Athrout, a voluntary group has also set-up a stall to distribute free medicines to the needy free of cost.  

As all medicines are not available with these NGOs, Sakhawat Centre volunteers purchase these from market. 

"We have been distributing cloths and medicines to attendants. In some cases, we also offer financial assistance to needy. In case, medicines are not available with us, we purchase them from market and provide them to needy," said a volunteer of Sakhawat Centre.

Free medicines are also provided by Allama Iqbal Charitable Medical and Diagnostic Centre, Help Poor Volunteers Trust, Daarul Khair led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. These NGOs have also pressed ambulances into service to ferry injured. 

"We have been working jointly to provide all necessary facilities to the injured and their attendants," said a group of volunteers.   

A group of youth from Jamalatta area of Shaher-e-Khaas have also set-up makeshift community kitchen at SMHS hospital. 

"We are a group of friends who are voluntarily providing food to patients and attendants," they said.

Various localities and welfare committees Wednesday brought eatables at SMHS hospital and distributed it among attendants. These include Hazarat Sheikh Dawood (RA) Khidmat Khalaq Foundation Batamaloo and Rajbagh Welfare Committee. 

"Amid curfew and restrictions, these volunteers are working tirelessly. This is what makes Kashmir different from others. Our youth rescued people during devastating floods in 2014. During difficult times, these local youth rise to the occasion and extend helping hand to people in distress" said a group of attendants.

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