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Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Provides Free Kidney Dialysis And Affordable Healthcare Services

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  1. Free kidney dialysis centre is running at Gurdwara Bala Sahib, Delhi
  2. A diagnostic center has been set up in Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib complex
  3. DSGMC is also providing medicines at subsidised rates
New Delhi: 

Anthony Gomes couldn't have asked for more. His free dialysis began in March this year at Gurdwara Bala Sahib's kidney dialysis facility in South-East Delhi. Sharing his experience, he says, “A relative informed me about this dialysis centre and told me that it is free of cost. I came here and registered myself immediately. I have been getting dialysis treatment here right from the start, and it is going well.” Resonating with Mr Gomes, Anu, another beneficiary, said,

They saved my life. Without them, I wouldn't have survived.

Anthony and Anu echo the emotions of all the people who have been benefitted from the dialysis services being offered for free by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC). In an attempt to ensure access to healthcare to all, DSGMC initiated this free service earlier this year. The running cost will be covered through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds, individual donations and government schemes like Ayushman Bharat.

This is Asia's biggest dialysis centre with 100 beds. We have been doing dialysis for last two months for all the patients who are coming to us, free of cost, said Dr Venkatesh R, Medical Director, while talking to NDTV.

In another effort, to provide affordable healthcare to all, a diagnostic center has been set up in Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib complex to provide several tests including MRI, CT scan, ultrasound and digital x-ray facilities at reasonable rates for those who cannot otherwise afford them.

Along with this, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has also set up four pharmacies across the national capital Delhi to provide medicines at subsidised rates. These pharmacies called ‘Bala Pritam Dawakhana' are run by trained pharmacists and almost all the medicines are being sold at factory prices.

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About The Campaign

India is in crisis. 

At a time when infection rates are soaring and every day brings grim news, at a time when beds, oxygen, medicine & hope seem to have all run out, all of India is feeling the same despair, the same distress, the same devastation. 

But through the darkness, there has been a ray of light.

The Sikh community has been at the forefront of relentlessly helping people during through the pandemic. If the rich living tradition of food sharing, as widely practiced in langars or community kitchens, fed millions last year, then this year the langars have provided an even more critical & basic element of life – oxygen.

In the time honoured Sikh tradition of selfless service and compassion, these Oxygen Langars sprang up almost immediately across affected cities, and in gurdwaras, where volunteers stood with oxygen cylinders for hours, helping breathless patients breathe, helping India breathe.

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee & NDTV are coming together for a special fundraising campaign, Dil Se Sewa – Helping India Breathe.

The funds raised will aid in providing this urgently needed support, amongst many others. It will go to support the gurdwara’s immediate & critical interventions like the oxygen langars, a newly created COVID care facility and the free ambulance service. But it will also contribute to other existing efforts that all aim to strengthen India’s health system for the future  – the free dialysis hospital, the low cost MRI & CT Scan centre and the dawakhanas that provide medicines at reasonable rates.