Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pollen Camp Starts - 400 patients seek treatment and medical advice on first day

The Free Pollen Allergy Camp organised by Chief Commissioner (Islamabad) Tariq Mahmood Pirzada took off to a booming start. Around 400 patients thronged the camp from not only Rawalpindi and Islamabad, but adjacent areas as well. 

Although the counts of the notorious allergy causing pollens of paper mulberry trees fell to 7,387 in H-8, 1,850 in G-7, 1,292 in F-8, 2,379 in E-8, which is an all-time low for this time of the year, still patients came to the camp in large numbers in search of quality treatment and medicines. 

All patients were provided free medicines including inhalers and counselling on proper measures for avoidance of pollen exposure.

The camp was officially inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed and ICT Director Rana Akbar Hayat. The camp in-charge, Dr. Amizada Khan (district health officer, Islamabad), and the camp coordinator, Shafiq Khan (drug inspector of the ICT), remained on their toes to ensure proper supply and availability of medicines. Dr. Osman Yusuf, the consultant to the camp, remained present for about two hours, examining difficult-to-treat and chronic cases. 

Hakeem Rizwan Malik, former head of the National Tibb Council, and renowned researcher on homeopathy of Islami Dawakhana, presented his latest research of an extract prepared for immediate relief of asthma symptoms, just by smelling the extract. Hakeem Rizwan has provided free medicines of tibb (hikmat) system of treatment from his own resources, and is also arranging qualified ‘hakeems’ to sit in the camp, and provide treatment to patients, who prefer this form of treatment.

Homeopathic practitioner Dr. Nasir has also arranged free homeopathic medicines and homeo practitioners to provide relief to chronic allergy sufferers.People from all walks of life visited the camp, and expressed satisfaction over the care and medications provided to them. They pointed out that the camp should have started earlier. 

Shakeel Anjum adds: Addressing the participants of the camp, Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed said that the capital administration will provide maximum relief to allergy patients at the Free Pollen Allergy Relief Camp and all medicines will be provided free of cost to them. 

“Holding of Free Pollen Allergy Relief Camp in the city and providing maximum treatment facilities to allergy patients free of cost during the peak allergy season is a great service.” The camp will continue for two weeks and its timings will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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