It is mid-afternoon and a group of people line up at the polyclinic run by the Muslim Muttahida Council (MMC) at Sadatnagar. As the doctor occupies his seat, patients rush and get a check up done and also medicines.
Though it appears to be a common scene, this polyclinic stands out. The doctor here charges only Rs. 10 as his consultation fees and also dispenses a few medicines. The polyclinic by the name MMC Charitable Polyclinic operates a medical dispensary for the poor people in this belt that is well-known for its deprived population. One can consult a doctor for minor ailments and even get medicines for two days, all this for a mere Rs.10. It is no less than a blessed premise for scores of poor families that are put up in the area.
“The auto fare to the nearest government hospital works out to be about Rs. 50 and we cannot afford it. Instead we come here,” says Shaik Ayub, a daily wage earner. The MMC trust runs two clinics one at Sadatnagar and another at Salala near Barkas and for the last seven years with an intention of helping the poor and the deprived.
“We charge nominal fees and the same is paid to the doctors as salaries. In the cause doctors also cooperate with us,” says Hussain Omer Baom, president, Muslim Muttahida Council.
Around 200 patients make use of the facility during the regular normal days, while the attendance is quite high whenever there is a spurt in seasonal ailments. Eye check up camps are also conducted here occasionally, informs Mr. Omer.
Also if the medicines prescribed are costly, then the organisation arranges at a discounted price.
Asif Yar Khan
One can consult a doctor for minor ailments and even get medicines for just Rs. 10 at MMC polyclinic