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Allergy surge at Maroof Hospital’s medical camp

Islamabad, 26 September, 2023 (GNP): Maroof International Hospital placed a follow up Free Medical Camp at Resham Berkat Memorial Hospital Nala Musalmana; a hilly & marginalized locality in Tehsil Rawalpindi with limited medical facilities.

The aim was to provide comprehensive health check-ups, and free medicines especially in the wake of rising virus of skin disease, diarrhea & conjunctivitis among others, due to environmental changes. The camp featured medical professionals in Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonology, General Surgery & Pediatrics.

About 300 patients of the local community were consulted among which, 258 were women & children and the remaining 42 were men. These patients were from the community of Nalla Muslamana & surrounding villages like Doberan Kalan, Garhala, Sohar, Pind Bhinsu, Nimbal, Dubiran Kalan and neighboring towns. Attendees got opportunity to have blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and BMI checks.

Around 90% patients were diagnosed with Scabies. Dr. Maria Saleem Consultant Dermatologist said; “Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. It is characterized by intense itching, redness, and small raised bumps or blisters on the skin, often in the webbing between the fingers, wrists, elbows, and other body folds.

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Treatment typically involves topical creams or lotions to kill the mites and relieve symptoms. The patient follows the prescribed treatment plan and maintain good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of scabies to others. Regular follow-up is necessary to monitor the condition’s progress.” All family members require scabies treatment regardless of having its symptoms or not. That’s how it can be eradicated, said Dr. Maria.

Dr. Bilal Hassan said; “These allergic reactions are spreading due to environmental changes among including skin diseases, Conjunctivitis, Bronchitis, and many others.” We observed that there is no concept of EPI Vaccine of children in this area.

Children are malnourished. Several factors contribute to our communities’ high risk of infectious disease epidemics, including unclean drinking water, inadequate sanitation, poor socioeconomic conditions, and low vaccination coverage. He added.

Naseer Ahmed Chairman MIH said that, “We welcome our community members and provide them with the support they deserve. We’ve taken significant steps towards better community health, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need. Let’s continue this journey of care and well-being together.” Furthermore, Naseer Ahmed thanked everyone, for their presence and support. He also distributed appreciation certificates among the volunteers.

Dr. Sohail Naseem, Dr. Mir Abdul Waheed, Dr. Bilal Hassan, Dr. Maria Saleem, Dr. Usman Khan, Dr. Adil Shafi, Dr. Mehwish Choudhry, Dr. Bilal Hassan, Dr. Hamid Zafar, Dr. Zoufeen Shahid, Dr. Anjali, Dr. Syed Baqir Ali Shah and Dr. Saima were the consultants in the medical camp.

Whilst among the local notables Master Raja Najabat Ali Director Resham Barkat Memorial Hospital, Master Arshad Mehmood Bhatti Ex-Secretary Punjab Teachers Union Kalrasydan, Haji Mehrban Khan, Sultan Mehmood, Raja Muhammad Nawaz and Begum Nasreen Nawaz, Raja Abdul Halim Raja Arsalan Jameel, Dr. Saranzeb Khan and Khurram Ayaz Hussain participated in this medical camp.