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Meet 3 unsung philanthropists who sold their belongings to help stranded people outside Valley

Srinagar, Dec 24: Three Kashmiri unsung heroes over the years have been helping thousands of Kashmiris living outside the Valley.

In times of distress like in 2014 floods, 2019 lockdown, and now in Covid pandemic, the trio has come to rescue for many people stranded outside Kashmir.

Dr Owais Qasim Mir, a Qazigund resident who is working as a Dental surgeon, Dr Mohammad Rafiq, a Soura Srinagar resident who is a junior scientist in Chennai and Shakir Hussain Bhat, a young businessman settled in Rohtak Haryana have facilitated many Kashmiris looking for help in different parts of India.

“During 2014 floods when Kashmir living outside the valley were very much distressed, so we used social media to connect with people who need help. And in no time, we started receiving calls from students who had to pay their semester fee, labourers who were stranded on the way home, and patients for treatment,” Dr Mir said.

Mir said that in the initial days of their philanthropic work, they spent their all saving even remaining without food for days to help others.

“Later we came up with the idea of Kashmir helpline 24/7,” he said. “The news of starting this platform spread like fire and many people start offering to pay students fee, rent etc.”

Shakir Hussain Bhat said that once they received a call from Nagpur where some Kashmiri students were forced to vacate the rented room and they had found shelter in a mosque.

“Somehow I managed to book their tickets and we transferred some cash to them. After, that incident we started receiving around 200 such calls every day,” he said, adding that people also then join hands to help them.

To streamline the things, Dr Rafiq collected the information of all the people and registered them as volunteers who were ready to extend help.

“I can recall when we received a call from a group of girls who required money to get their friend admitted to a hospital in UP. The patient required Rs 2 lakh for treatment so Dr Owais sold his new bike, while Dr Shakir donated my his salary,” Bhat said.

During the communication blockade following the abrogation of Article-370, the trio helped thousands of people to get in touch with their loved ones via landline phones besides providing them financial help.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have donated masks, PPE kits, and medicines at various hospitals, in villages, and in quarantine centers throughout Jammu and Kashmir,” Bhat said.

“During these days the workload for such activities is not that much as we are just moderating the connections between the donors and the volunteers,” he said, adding that we are also ready for any such kind of disaster in the future—(KNO)

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Fortis hospital sets Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar

Appoints Dr Mir Sammiullah as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram

(Asian News Hub) – Keeping in view the rising incidence of liver diseases in Kashmir, Fortis Hospital has established a Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar.

The Centre will cater all types of liver diseases and liver transplant services.

Dr Mir Sammiullah has been appointed as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram.

The OPD services will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

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COVID-19: As cases resurge, SMHS closes OPD again

Designates 12 wards including paid rooms as COVID designated wards

(Asian News Hub) – In wake of the rise in the COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities at Srinagar Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital has decided to stop the Out-Patient Department (OPD) and said that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained.

Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar chaired a meeting yesterday  regarding the preparedness of SMHS hospital Srinagar to deal with the COVID-19.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Masood Tanvir Professor and HOD medicine, Dr. Rouf Ahmad Professor and head ENT, Dr. Tariq Qureshi Professor and Head Ophthalmology, Dr. Ruksana Najeeb Professor and Head anesthesiology, Dr. Iffat Hassan Shah Professor and Head Dermatology, Dr. Sajjad Ahmad Dar professor and Head Radiology, Dr. Mufti Mehmood Professor and Head Surgery, Dr. Sonaullah Kuchay Professor and head Radiation Oncology, Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah Professor and Head Chest Disease and Dr. Nazir H Chowdhary Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital.

In the meeting, it was decided that Ward number 02, 03, 3A, 04, 18, 19, 20, isolation/drug De-Addiction Centre, paid rooms, MICU, SICU, w-17 and disaster management ward shall be designated as COVID-19 wards.

“Ward number 01 shall function exclusively for ENT department, besides, ENT department shall carry out surgeries on their designated Operation Theatre. Ward number 08 comprising 36 beds shall be operated by Medicine (30 beds) as non-COVID ward and Dermatology (06 beds) jointly as rush increases,” the order issued in this regard reads.

In the meeting, it has been further decided to stop the operation of OPDs, adding that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained. Furthermore, the patient load vis-à-vis duty roaster of doctors and paramecia staff should be regulated and rationalized, the meeting said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nazir Chowdhary said that 203 beds have been designated for COVID beds at the hospital. He said that the rush of patients has been increasing with each passing day, saying that nearly 30 patients are being admitted at the hospital on a regular basis.

He added that adequate supply of oxygen and other related things are available at the hospital at present.

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Kashmir Law College students stage protest, demand punishment to ‘erring students’

Allege rented goons of 3rd semester students vandalized college property, beat students, threaten staff

(Asian News Hub) – Students from Kashmir Law College Friday hit streets to protest alleged ragging of juniors by 3rd semester students, stating that the later brought “goons” who vandalized college property and beat students.

Protesting students alleged that erring 3rd semester students besides harassing their juniors also brought some rented goons who vandalized college furniture, beat students to pulp and threatened the staff.

The students including girls assembled at Press Enclave to lodge their protest against the bullying of junior students at Kashmir Law College Nowshera.

The slogan shouting students carrying pictures of alleged rented goons holding ‘knuckle-punches’ in their hands demanded stringent action against erring students, who they alleged broke all records of ‘rowdiness’.

Zakariya Ashraf, an 8th semester student said some 1st year law students brought the issue of alleged bullying by 3rd semester students a few days back which became the cause of disagreement between the two sides.

He said the 3rd semester students who were exposed after the recent episode of hooliganism at Kashmir Law College are now trying to put blame on 8th semester students for the mess.

“Some 1st semester students came to us and informed us that they are being bullied by their seniors, we assured them that ragging will not be allowed in this college and we took the issue up with erring students, who instead of feeling sorry, started beating us,” Zakariya told reporters.

He also said that the parents of erring students also joined them in beating students while rented goons played their part by vandalizing college property, abusing students and staff and threatening the college head.

He said the entire college administration and other students stand by their side to come to the rescue of some juniors who were being bullied by erring 3rd semester students.

“Had we done anything wrong, college administration, faculty and students would not have supported us. We want the students who uploaded fake video on social media to gain public sympathies and those who were hired by them to create ruckus in the college be brought into book,” he added.

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