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(India) Hyderabad mosque turns clinic, treats 5 lakh slum dwellers for free

The clinic will offer free medical care and laboratory testing for citizens of all faiths.

(India) Hyderabad mosque turns clinic, treats 5 lakh slum dwellers for freeH

YDERABAD: The Old City mosque opened an exclusive women’s and child’s clinic in a first. It will provide free medical treatment for people of all religions including laboratory tests. The mosque will also provide free mid-day meals across religious lines for children under 10 years of age.

The clinic provides services such as nebulisation, replacement of the intravenous fluid, wound dressing and free testing services. It caters to people’s needs from as many as 31 slums in Rajendranagar mandal around Wadi-al-Mahmood. It will also concentrate on pregnant women giving them nutritious diet and normal delivery medicines. It is run by Helping Hand Foundation (HHF), a city-based NGO, in partnership with SEED, USA. The clinic is located on the first floor of the mosque.

This initiative would help women and children who live in 31 slums like MM Pahadi, ulaiman Nagar, Chintalmet, Bhopal Nagar, Hasan Nagar, Indira Nagar, NTR Nagar and Bara Imam Ki Pahadi. The clinic will cater for almost five lakh people.

HHF trustee managing director Mujtaba Hasan Askari said the clinic would be operated by an all-women team consisting of a senior general physician and child specialist, obstetrician, gynaecologist, dental surgeon, dietician, nurse, counsellor and front desk staff. “The primary care is provided by the clinic. It will include free third-party lab services including TIFFA scans for pregnant women during ante natal time,” he said.

He added that in a triage, all patients entering the clinic would be examined by trained counsellors who perform thermal screening and verify levels of oxygen saturation. They also enter the details in an ICMR developed risk assessment form.

A dental chair has been installed to carry out dental health procedures in women and children.

He added that the clinic is fully compliant with Covid-19 special doctor’s cabins covered by plastic curtains, glass framed tables to protect the front desk staff, a triage at the entrance stage, pedestal framed sanitiser stand and large exhaust fans for free air flow.

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