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Social group gives free of cost treatment to specially-abled people in J-K

Srinagar , Sun, 29 May 2011 ANI

Srinagar, May 29(ANI): A non-government organization in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, has been helping specially-abled children and adults for over 10 years by providing free of cost treatment.


The centre has been offering physiotherapy and corrective surgery, as well as hearing aids and low-cost prosthetic legs to the patients who can't afford costly treatments.


"Many people now know that this organization is helping people. We had treated several patients during violence around four to five months. We have rehabilitated several patients at that time. We had operated several patients who had got burnt in fire or who got injured in mine blast. We had operated such patients and rehabilitated those patients as well," said Sami Wani, executive director of the organization.


Naseer Ahmad, a relative of a disabled person said the centre had helped the patients in the region as the treatment was free of cost and also saved a lot of time being wasted in traveling outside the province.


"When this non government organization came in our local area we were benefited a lot. Earlier the patients who had to take physiotherapy or get an artificial limb they had to go to Jaipur or any other part of the country. The patients had to shell out a huge sum of money on treatment and traveling, but now we are benefited because it is a local organization," Ahmad said.


"We come here in the morning and get our treatment done. The artificial limbs are also prepared within 10-15 days. The entire treatment process is completed in 20 days. The treatment process is very economical as it is free of cost," he added.


The non-government organization provides services in the three districts of the state including Kupwara, Baramulla and Ganderbal.


Ghulam Ahmad Parra, a patient, was satisfied with the facilities provided at the center, and said that the treatment had helped him recover from his back problem.


"Here the patient are being treated in different way, like if our limbs have been dismembered or if we are suffering from back pain then the treatment is good. I have been coming here for the past three weeks as I am suffering from back pain," Parra said.


"I have visited several other hospitals including the government hospitals and taken the medicines prescribed by the doctors, but could not get much relief. I had heard about this disability centre and came here. I was happy to see the facilities and I also did some exercises prescribed by the doctors. I can now walk properly and work on my own," he added.


Housed in a single-storey building, four-room brick building, the centre has treated over 700 people in the last two years. (ANI)


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