City NGO opens a free dispensary for poor

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 21:20 IST

With a motive to provide good health and to decrease burden of medical expenses of poor people, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Maha Sabha Ludhiana has started a free dispensary for the needy. The dispensary, which has been started in the community hall of Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh at Sunet, remains open for four days in a week and run with the help of volunteer doctors.

President of the NGO Col (retd) Jagdish Singh Brar said, “We have seen many people ignoring their health because they don't have money to consult the doctor. So, we came up with an idea to open a free dispensary and now it has been materialised.”

“The doctors providing free voluntary service at the dispensary are Dr Sandeep Singh, surgeon at Government Hospital Jagraon; Dr Mandeep Singh, MS ortho at Civil Hospital Raikot; Dr Surinder, MD medicine and Dr Daljeet Sharma, BHMS,” he added.

The dispensary is located in Sunet, popularly known as Sunet village. The area has a large population of migrants living in. The area is surrounded by a posh area like BRS Nagar but had no government medical facility nearby and this dispensary will now act as doorstep medical facility at no cost and convenient time for the migrant labourers.

“I usually felt dizziness but always ignored it. When I came to the dispensary, I came to know that it was a problem of blood pressure. We are habitual of ignoring our health until it becomes a big health problem but now the dispensary will make our healths better,” said Rakesh, a resident.

Free library and training centre

The NGO had also opened a free library and a stitching and sewing centre for girls in Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh Yadgari Park Sunet. Jaswant Jirakh, general secretary of the NGO said, “Nearly 35 women had enrolled in the centre in almost two year time. We provide them training and make them self-sufficient. After getting training in the centre, they easily get a job as the area has many hand craft artisans who required skilled laborer.”

About NGO

Established in 2001, Maha Sabha Ludhiana, made a huge change in the area over a decade. After establishing Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh Yadgari Park in the area, the NGO opened a community centre, opened a library, a training centre and now a free dispensary for the poor and was also fighting against the land grabbers,.

“The next target is to set a Service Selection Board (SSB) training centre for the girls and boys who want to join defence services,” said Col Brar.

Dispensary timings

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5-7pm (Allopathic doctors)
Saturday from 9 to 11am (Homeopathic doctor)

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