Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS) showcased its activities and achievements before a battery of media persons here.
On the occasion, the VMS announced free treatment and rehabilitation of the people who have suffered spinal injuries during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
"Primarily established in 1970 by noted ENT Surgeon, Dr Mir Muhammad Maqbool, former Professor and HoD ENT, GMC Srinagar, the socio medical society has graduated to be a vibrant organisation which runs a Shafaqat School, an Inclusive School for specially-abled children with a roll of around hundred children and a state-of-art Shaqat Rehabilitation centre for spinal injury patients and patients with other physical infirmities," VMS spokesperson said.
The centre has a special prosthesis section, which is run with the assistance of ICRC, provides free of cost highly special prosthesis like foot, arm, hand which enable the amputees to live an independent and productive life. Each limb is customised according to the individual's needs and is made of ultra light yet strong materials with an average cost of Rs 70,000.
Another major area of activity of the VMS is mental health. State's leading psychiatrist, Prof Mushtaq Margoob, is the Director of the SAWAB Centre for providing specialised treatment and free consults to the persons with mental health issues.
Later in the function, patients with spinal injuries shared their experiences with the team.
Waseem Ahmad, a wheelchair bound person, who heads the wheelchair bound volleyball team of VMS shared his experiences with the media. Farooq Ahmad, a former cop who suffered spinal injury in September 2014, in a road accident, stated as to how he tried to end his life but then how he was led to Shafaqat Rehab Centre which gave him new hope to live. Today he drives a car, runs his business and helps to sustain his family. He appealed the Chief Minister to fulfill the promise of her late father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed regarding developing indoor sports facility for spinal injury persons and other handicapped persons at the VMS campus.