Over 500 benefit from free medical camp in Mastuj

CHITRAL, Oct 23: To examine and provide free medical care to the families of retired and martyred personnel of the armed forces (Army, Navy and PAF etc), a free medical camp was held at the Chitral Scouts Mastuj Post. SONY DSCThe free medical camp was arranged by the Ex-Serviceman Association in collaboration with the Army and the Chitral Scouts. A function in this regard was also held at Chitral Scouts (CS) post in Mastuj. Addressing the ceremony , President Ex-Serviceman Association Chitral Col retired Sardar Muhammad Khan thanked the general officer commander (GOC) of 107 Division Malakand, Major General Javed Bukhari, who provided free medicines for the medical camp, the Chitral Scouts and the district health department for detailing their doctors.. Commander 146 wing of CS, Lt Col Sarfaraz Awan, said the army always helped and supported the people in times of calamities and other emergency situations. Medical specialist of Chitral Scouts Major Imtiaz Ali, senior medical officer from the DHQ Hospital Chitral Dr. Rahmat Aman, Dr Bashir Ali Khan of the THQ Hospital Booni, homeopathic Dr. Amanullah Khan and nursing staff of Chitral Scouts and retired army participated in the free medical camp. Some 527 patients were examined in the free medical camp and they were also provided free medicines worth more than Rs.200,000. A large number of women approached the camp. Students from the nearby schools were also examined. Talking to this scribe, the families of the retired and martyred soldiers said Chitral was a big district by virtue of its huge landmass with a very scattered population. There is no combined military hospital (CMH) or Fauji Foundation hospital in Chitral. They said patients were compelled to travel to the CMH Peshawar where they get medicines worth a few hundred but they have to spend more than Rs.10,000 on their travelling and boarding. They demanded that the Prime Minister, President of Pakistan and Chief of Army staff as well as Federal Minister of Defence should oSONY DSCrder the establishment of a CMH or Fauji Foundation Hospital in Chitral to facilitate families of retired and martyred personals of armed forces or approve outdoor medical allowances in their monthly pension. A large number of civilians also benefited from free medical camp. They were given free homeopathic medicines for their family members who could not approach the medical camp.]]>

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