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August 31, 2018 at 7:00 am Pakistan Association Dubai, United Arab Emirates

PAD’s free medical camp attracts hundreds

This activity of the free medical camp will go on till the Pakistan Centre is completed, which should be by August 14, 2019.

Giving back to the society was the message that was given out by the medical wing of the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) on Friday as they held a free medical camp for people of all nationalities and age groups.

The camp saw a footfall of about 300 patients from all walks of life, over 20 doctors who dedicated their day off to community service and an efficient team of volunteers with the youngest one being just 12 years old. The medical camp will continue every month on the last Fridays on the premises of PAD in Oud Metha and has been running since 2009.

Doctors from City Hospital, American Hospital and some who have their own clinics attended the camp. Free consultations included those of orthopaedic specialist, endoctrinologists, gynaecologists, internal medicine specialists, eye check-up with free glasses, dental check-up, urologist, dermatologists, paediatrician and general physician.

Explaining the idea behind holding the camp every month, Dr Nighat Aftab, president of the medical wing of PAD, said: “The journey of this camp began in 2009 when we decided to give back to the community by dedicating one day in a month to offer free consultations to those who may not have the money or means of going to hospitals.”

This activity of the free medical camp will go on till the Pakistan Centre is completed, which should be by August 14, 2019.

Talking about another important development by the medical camp, Tayyeb Sheraz, who heads the volunteer team at the medical camp, said: “Since we do not have permanent doctors with us, we are now introducing a new technology to get paperless medical records to avoid wasting time of looking into patients’ files. The new software we are introducing will give us complete patient history on just a click of a button.”

Akhtar, a patient, said the medical camp is a boon for the community members as the doctors here work without worrying for money. “They work to serve the community truly and me and my wife have benefitted greatly. All the blood tests and even an MRI that we had to get done were taken care of by the medical camp. For some tests, we had to pay a very nominal charge but the consultation and medicines helped us regain our health without burning a hole in our pockets.”

A young bunch of Indian kids were also seen ushering the patients in and guiding them to the respective doctors. When asked what got them to the medical camp, a 12-year-old volunteer Shantanu said: “We are here with our school friends whose parents are giving free consultation. It’s a great cause that unites us all and just gives us lot of happiness.”

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