The Fazilka Brigade of the army organised medical and veterinary camps for residents of border areas at border village of Alamshah in Fazilka district on Sunday.
The medical camp brought multiple specialists for eyes, dental problems and chronic diseases under one roof. Both the army and the district administration pooled their resources to organise the camps. Free medicines were provided by the army, the Red Cross Society, the administration and the NGOs.
The smiling faces of villagers, especially the elderly and the women, were indicative of the much-needed healing touch brought by the effort of the Fazilka Brigade.
"I was suffering from toothache for the last one year, but did not have the money for treatment. Finally, I am relieved of this constant pain, courtesy the army," said a visibly relieved Ishwar Chand from Muazzam village.
There were also long queues of the villagers with their animals at the veterinary camp for treatment of ailing animals.
On the occasion, 31 war widows from Fazilka district were also given sewing machines by the Red Cross Society of Fazilka.
Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier VK Sharma, commander, Fazilka Brigade, said that the army "is your army and will work in coordination with the civil administration for upliftment of the local community."
He also urged ex-servicemen to be the representatives of the army in respective villagers and work for development of the border areas.