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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

NGO comes to the rescue of two critically sick women suffering from TB

Physically disabled, extremely poor and sick people lying on footpaths in the city and crying for help, is not an uncommon sight. The conditions in which these poor people live leads to severe malnutrition, disability, and infectious diseases.

Recently, Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram, a Non Government Organization (NGO) has rescued two such critically sick migrant women, namely Sunita (30) and Banti (32). According to Dr Naurang Singh Mangat, founder of the Ashram, “Both these women were suffering from an advanced stage of tuberculosis, and were unable to walk. The families of these women live in slums on Pakhowal Road, and do not get enough food to fill their stomach, what to talk of treatment.”

Dr Mangat pointed out that for the treatment of TB, beside the X-rays and other tests, the daily medicine costs about Rs 20. He added that for poor patients, the free treatment at hospitals under the DOT scheme is difficult too, as they cannot hire rickshaw or other conveyance to visit the hospital daily.

Dr Mangat said, “I saw these women when I was visiting a labour colony. Seeing them in a bad shape, I immediately arranged to get them examined by a doctor. The X-rays were done, and both patients have started their medicine,” he pointed out.

Expenses of the treatment are being borne by the Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram, which works as a charitable Trust. Although condition of these women are alarming, Dr Mangat is hopeful that their condition with medical treatment.

Most of the time, even in intense cold, Dr Mangat pedals his bicycle on the city roads and in the neighbouring villages from one labour colony to another for help to the destitute, lepers, disabled, blind, deaf and dumb persons, and other poor sick persons in slum areas, who have virtually no income. The Trust also provides wheelchairs, tricycles, crutches, clothes etc to the needy persons and also sponsors the education of many poor and orphan children.

Dr Mangat is a former scientist of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; University of Windsor, Canada and Morrison Scientific Research Company, Calgary (Canada). He is also a former Fellow of Royal Statistical Society, London (UK), and the co-author of an internationally-used text book, ‘Elements of Survey Sampling’, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers based in Dordretch (Netherlands), London (UK) and Boston (USA).

Dr Mangat told Newsline that the life of some other extremely poor children had been saved by the Trust by extending immediate medical help. At present, the treatment of three more patients, namely Amritpal Singh, Laxmi, and Bhawar, is being supported by the Trust.

Dr Mangat added that the Trust depends on small public donations that trickle in. The Trust has no office or building yet. For donating for this noble cause, one can contact Dr Mangat on his telephone number 99152-88035.


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