In what is definitely a first, an NGO that operates out of Masjid Omer-al Shifa located in Saif Colony, Shaheenagar, has opened a full-fledged operation theatre (OT), where small surgeries can be performed. This is in addition to primary care, dental chair, community ophthalmology, NCD Desk that it already runs for the weaker sections.
The OT will have state-of-the-art equipment such as a surgery table, OT lights, advanced instrumentation, bio-waste disposal process for maintaining good hygiene and sanitation. All medical facilities at the Masjid are free, and so is the newly-opened OT.
For some time now, the NGO Helping Hand Foundation (HHF) has been running a primary care center, and henceforth, all minor surgeries, pre-surgical profiles, and post-op medicines will be given free to all patients irrespective of their caste or creed.
Most areas around the Masjid were flooded last year, and many people continue to have water-borne and skin diseases. The HHF, in collaboration with AMPI (American Muslim physicians of Indian origin), is taking care of the needs of over 20 urban slums since December 2020.
The place sees around 700 patients coming in on a daily basis, and it was seen that many suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases were having complications that required minor surgeries.
Also, there were diabetics who had a diabetic foot that quickly develops into gangrene if left untreated. There are also cases of corns, lipomas, keloids in growing nails, benign fibroadenomas, burning wounds, sebaceous cysts, and non-healing ulcers, among other problems. Lack of resources and lack of awareness accentuates the problems in most cases that necessitate surgeries, says Dr. Arif Hussain, general surgeon at the clinic.
More than 30 surgeries have been performed at the center.