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From Free Medicines To Financial Assistance, This NGO Is Helping People From Kashmir Valley Cope With The COVID-19 Pandemic

Srinagar-based NGO, Help Poor Voluntary Trust provides free medicines and financial help to the patients who can’t afford to pay for their treatment

From Free Medicines To Financial Assistance, This NGO Is Helping People From Kashmir Valley Cope With The COVID-19 Pandemic
Highlights
  • Srinagar-based Help Poor Voluntary Trust provides free treatment
  • The NGO also provides free medicines and ambulance service to the Kashmiris
  • Our passion is helping those who can’t afford to stay healthy: HPVT

New Delhi: With a mission to help the poor, during the pandemic, Farooq Ahmad Bhat and his NGO, Help Poor Voluntary Trust (HPVT), have become a beacon of hope for hundreds living in the Kashmir Valley. Kashmir, which has been in a lockdown since August 2019 even before the pandemic for political reasons, has been the hardest hit during the COVID-19 isolation, with a crippled local economy affecting livelihoods of people. Mr Bhat and his NGO have been helping those who are in need of urgent medical assistance, but can’t afford it, in these tough times.

Every morning, patients and their relatives line up outside the HPVT office in Srinagar. These patients need help which can be as basic as free medicines, ambulance services to something as crucial as financial assistance for their treatment.

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We have only one goal, to make sure people don’t have to worry about money when it comes to their health. Health is an integral part of their Right to Life and we just want to ensure that they do not need to compromise on that. Our passion remains in providing medical care to help save the lives of those who simply do not have the money that they require to stay healthy, said Mr Bhat, the founder of HPVT.

Mohammad Rafiq, a cardiac patient from downtown Srinagar, says that Mr Bhat and his NGO have been ‘life savers’. He told NDTV,

They helped me with coronary artery stent implant which costs Rs 80,000. Not just that, they are also helping me with monthly medicines as I have no source of income.

However, ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HPVT is providing free medicines and financial help to poor patients. Mr Bhat says that this is in addition to the existing 1,200 registered patients, who they have been helping for free for years.

Among them, 250 patients have kidney problems and need regular dialysis, so we help them with that. Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the trust has given free medicines worth over Rs 50 lakh, he said.

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Abdul Rashid, from Lolab in Kupwara district, which is about 110 km from Srinagar, says that he too has been receiving a monthly assistance from HPVT, for his son who was suffering from renal failure.

They are helping me with Rs 5,000 per month for medicines because we need money for dialysis and medicines, said Mr Rashid.

HPVT also organises medical camps in far-flung areas as well as in schools of various districts of valley, which had to stop due to the pandemic, and hence people from all over the valley visit Srinagar to seek help.

After the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed, the management decided to provide free medicines to patients suffering from diseases like kidney failure, chronic liver disease, mental disorders, Mr Bhat said.

Despite the year-long blackout in the valley, emergency services by the NGO have helped save lives even when residents had no access to dial 100 or call an ambulance in Kashmir. HPVT is also running a non-profit pharmacy, from where citizens can buy medicines at cheaper rates. The NGO credits locals who have stepped up to make donations, so that they can continue saving lives.

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3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
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In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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