SRINAGAR: If you want to fumigate your area, and particularly educational institutions, volunteers of Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT) are just a call away.
One of the largest and the oldest student organizations of Kashmir, IJT with hundreds of members has fumigated downtown Srinagar in first phase, moving from Chattabal, Noorbagh, Qamarwari, to dewatered areas of Dalgate, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar and Batamaloo.
While the office of the organization has been damaged by the floods at Batamaloo it did not deter IJT members from launching its programme on September 17. The programme includes, sanitization, medical camps, fumigation, burying of dead animals and awareness camps for prevention of the post-flood health issues.
IJT had started its relief work on the very day floods hit several areas of Srinagar. It first concentrated on rescue and relief operations. “While many organizations were and still are busy with relief works we thought that we should now give preference to the health concerns,” said IJT president Umar Sultan, a graduate from Kashmir University’s famed journalism school. Nearly ten thousand patients have been catered upto now and medicines worth 2.5 lakhs rupees have been distributed during various medical camps organized by the organisation.
“We buried animals left on the streets, fumigated areas and participated in the cleaning and fumigation of SMHS Hospital too,” said Umar. He said the IJT volunteers had to buy phenyl from Jammu and other places. Srinagar Municipal Corporation promised them 200 liters of spray liquid. “We have already received 65 liters from the SMC,” Umar said.
IJT has launched another programme of fumigating all educational institutions of the Srinagar. “The free fumigation drive in schools is driven by consideration to save the precious time of students by providing them safe and healthy environs as soon as possible,” Umar said.
The free fumigation of educational institutes has generated a good response with IJT receiving dozens of calls after they announced the programme. “We have received dozens of phone calls from various schools. We are registering the names and Insha-Allah come Monday we will begin our work,” Abid Yousuf, a law student at KU and a member of the organization from district Srinagar said.
Another IJT volunteer Mufeez ul Rehman, a postgraduate in chemistry, said, “This is my fourth shift. One cannot just sit back at home. The sufferings that one witnesses leave us with no option but to be back to work.”
With its base camp at Girls High School Batamaloo, Umar, the IJT president, said that nearly 500 of his associates from across the state including districts like Doda and Kishtwar have participated in the rescue, relief and the health mission they have launched.
“At a given moment of time we have 120 boys, all students in the camp, who move to different localities and spots assigned to them,” he said. Student volunteers change shifts and the new batches arrive every third day.
All IJT volunteers from across state are presently camping in the Batamaloo base camp. According to organizers the health mission is an ongoing process and may take a while.
For fumigation of residential localities and educational institutions, the IJT volunteers can be contacted on 9906603181.