Free hearing aids, wheelchairs distributed at Charar-e-Sharif medical camp

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Junaid Dar

BUDGAM: A day-long free medical camp for disabled persons was organised on Monday by Composite Regional Centre (CRC) Bemina in the premises of Sub-District Hospital Charar-e-Sharif, Budgam here.
Scores of disabled persons from the far flung areas of Charar-e-Sharif attended the camp and were examined there by a group of doctors.
On spot assessment and screening was done and the deserving cases were provided aids and appliances accordingly.
“We examined the cases and provided them with wheelchairs, tri-cycles, crunches and hearing-aids accordingly,” Shameem Ahmad, Rehabilitation Officer CRC Bemina said. “We will look as many cases as possible today and the rest will be examined in the follow up camps.”
The camp was organised in collaboration with the Department of Health Services Kashmir (Block Medical Office) and Social Welfare Department Charar-e-Sharif.
Earlier, a three-day-long camp was also organised at indoor stadium this month where 125 cases were examined and the deserving were provided with hearing aids and wheelchairs.
The beneficiaries and locals while applauding the measures taken by CRC Bemina and SDH Charar-e-Sharif said these camps are very helpful and the appliances distributed will provide a lot of relief to the persons with disabilities.
“I have hearing problem but buying the costly hearing aid was out of question for me. Now I’m very much thankful to the organisers of this camp who provided me a hearing aid free of cost,” said Abdul Majeed, a resident of Darwan village who was screened for hearing loss.
Scores of patients had come from far flung villages to Char-e-Sharif to get screened and receive the appliances.
“Nobody ever visits us. Not every one of us with severe disability can travel to Srinagar in the absence of proper transport facilities. It is a very happy moment for us that today they organised this camp and many people were benefited who would have otherwise left to live a difficult life,” said Wali Mohammad, a volunteer who had assembled the patients in his village.
Block Medical Officer Charar-e-Sharif, Dr. Mastoora Iqbal expressed her satisfaction with the result and feedback from the general public and the beneficiaries.