Kupwara: Displaying high working spirit despite lockdown, a group of volunteers always remain on their toes mostly to provide life saving drugs to people in need in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Reaching out to the margenalised people including widows and destitutes is also the top priority of district authorities’ headed by deputy commissioner Anshul Garg but volunteers strive to reach out to the maximum number of people especially in need of life saving drugs.
It is not always easy for volunteers, who act like foot soldiers, to arrange medicines. Sometimes they have to arrange drugs from Srinagar and deliver them free of cost at the door steps of people in far off areas.
Social media mostly Facebook has come handy in facilitating medicines for the needy.
“My facebook friends, members of volunteer group, and other like minded people contribute from their own pockets to arrange life saving drugs. We always strive to deliver medicines in shortest possible time at the doorsteps of people,” said Showkat Masoodi, convenor Kupwara civil society.
On getting to know about need of medicine, Masoodi immediately posts on Facebook appealing his friends, including medicos, businessmen and employees to help arrange necessary medicines.
Sometimes it is hard for volunteers to arrange and deliver medicines but they manage.
“We have delivered life saving drugs to the needy people in border town Machil, and in remote areas like Kalaroos, Hayhama and Chowkibal,” added Masoodi.
The medicines pertaining to diabetes, hypertension, Eplipsi and kidney related disorders are in high demand in some areas of Kupwara, according to Masoodi.
He thanked Kupwara police and district administration for their cooperation in helping volunteers deliver medicines to the needy and poor.
“I am highly thankful to people, who donate cash and in kind too, to support poor people during this pandemic. As human beings it is our moral responsibility to help the most vulnerable amongst us,” said Masoodi
The volunteer group also arranges blood for the needy patients.
Blood donors including our volunteers often respond promptly to messages of blood requirement on Facebook, said Masoodi
“Not only for Kupwara patients, we also arrange blood for patients from other places including Srinagar, whenever the need arises. Civil society Kupwara actually formed ten years ago mainly to arrange blood for the needy,” he said.
“During the past 10 years, we have arranged 5000 pints of bloods for needy patients,” he claimed.