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

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
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From Free Medicines To Financial Assistance, This NGO Is Helping People From Kashmir Valley Cope With The COVID-19 PandemicEver since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Help Poor Voluntary Trust is providing free medicines and financial help to poor patients
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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World

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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