This Christmas season, a Hyderabad-based NGO became Santa to over 200 underprivileged, sick patients by helping them access mainstream medical facilities.
To help them access immediate medical aid, NGO Helping Hand provided free treatment to these poor people at their doorsteps.
Many of these patients showed signs of flu but hesitated to visit government hospitals due to unhygienic conditions and time spent in never-ending serpentine queues.
Due to a lack of stable incomes, these families couldn’t even afford treatment in private hospitals.
The NGO started its reach out from the beginning of December and were able to cater to 200 patients and help them seek treatment in government hospitals.
Speaking to the Times of India, President of Helping Hand Foundation, Mujtaba Hasan Askari said, “On Friday, we encountered a case of a 10-day-old girl born to an HIV-positive couple. Her parents were finding it hard to feed the baby, and the mother couldn’t feed her as she was afraid of transmitting the disease to the kid. The newborn has now been provided with milk powder.”
A host of patients with diabetes, who were unaware of their condition, were also given their medication.
What the NGO does is check families for major and minor health issues and, depending on the severity, helps them access the public health system for free treatment.
The core areas the team works on include children’s health (vaccinations), TB and other chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). So far, 17 active TB cases have been identified.
In a country where thousands of patients die when medical aid doesn’t reach time on time. We salute the spirit of the volunteers who are not only creating awareness about the right of people to free public healthcare but also helping them access it.