Personal Philantropy

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Mr. Nazim Hussain, a resident of Cliton and a retired professional deep sea diver has been running a small medical aid centre out of a van for the past 5 years in this quiet neighbourood.

He is assisted by Dr. Alam, who spends roughly 3 hours per day, often more, examining patients, analysing their needs, prescribing medicines and dispensing them for free to whoever needs them. Dr. Alam runs a private practice, but comes from Shadman Town to assist in this venture.

“The key word here is need” says Mr. Hussain. His van, that carries this facility, makes it very clear that this is a service for the needy. “I still receive visits from about 3 or 4 people, per day, that walk out of an airconditioned car and ask for free medicine” he goes on to say. Sometimes affluent people bring their employees here to have them checked up, and end up asking free medicine for them.

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The small clinic is located in the KFC lane near boat basin. When I asked why this location, Mr. Hussain says that in this posh neighbourhood, there are many poor workers. Those that work on daily wages nearby at boatbasin, low level office staff, housemaids that work from home to home are generally the ones that come here for treatment.

“We used to treat people for Tuberculosis too” Dr. Alam adds, “but proper treatment for tuberculosis requires constant care and medication for a longer period of time, which patients are not to careful about. once the symptoms subside, they stop coming for check ups and medicine, which not only results in incomplete treatment, but also adds a strain on resources required for this treatment”.

Mr. Hussain added, “There are many things we cant do here, like tests etc, and if certain evaluations are needed by specialists, we recommend these patients to certain specialists and test centres that we know personally, and those specialists and test centres try to do their best to assist these patients when they carry our referral slip”.

When I asked if they travel from place to place in their van to provide this service, Mr. Hussain added “No we don’t. For a simple reason. If we travel, this not only adds to the cost of running this project, but also has a time cost to it. More time will be spent in the many traffic jams in the city, time that is better spent on patients in an area where there is no low cost medical facility avaialble for these poor workers”.

Whats the catch? Nothing. Mr. Hussain insists he will not refuse a needy patient. However, it is upto those coming here to truly assess the fact of how needy they are. One must look at the ones that are more deserving.

Mr. Hussain does not accept any donations, nor is he affiliated or assisted by any NGO. “This is a purely self funded, self managed project”, he added.

It is people like these who work for the betterment of humanity, in their own limited resources, helping people, who need to be commended.

A great job indeed Mr. Hussain and Dr. Alam.

Does anyone know of any more ventures like this? Share them with us and help us spread the good.

13 Comments so far

  1. kaduna2003 (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Great to hear one man doing all he can within his capacity to serve the needy.
    May God bless him and his services.


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

    Hats OFF, Salutes!,

    This is devotion, dedication will soon visit him,


  3. Unapathetic (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. Now *this* is the kind of man who can exhort others to share their wealth and time without even saying a word.


  4. Dr. allama iqbal (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 6:04 am

    hain log wohi jahan main achay
    aatay hain jo kaam doosron kay.

    great work!

    Dr. Mohammad Allama Iqbal, baray achay insaan thay,gharibon ka muft ilaaj kya kertay thay (said one enlightened villager from big province)


  5. Mohsin (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 7:37 am

    It never ceases to amaze me how cheep some well off Pakistanis can be.

    But good to hear that some people are still not jaded by society.


  6. pkhan (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    Dr.Alam & Mr. Hussain “GOD BLESS YOU BOTH” and Allah aap logoan ko aur atta karae,Aamin.


  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    A great post, Imtiaz. We need more selfless people like this couple in Pakistan.


  8. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    Good job Nazim Hussain!

    That bullshit toxic liquor has more than 50 comments, and this topic which actually is abt helpiong human beings, has hardly any visitors, that really depicts mindsets of most f the commentors around here. Insaniat naam kis cheez hi nahein aur batein religion ki huh!


  9. Ramla A. (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    Nice. I’ve shared this on Facebook. Should be inspiring to lots of people.

    A friend has pointed me towards Karachirelief.org should a KMBlogger want to cover that.


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 3:04 am

    Tariq, unlike the post yo mentioned, this post is not offensive at all and the author of this post didn’t put his own intrepetition. He mentioned what He experienced or was told. Also, if there’re less comments then it doesn’t mean post was not liked or visited. So don’t jump into conclusion.


  11. Visitor1844 (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    i know its a bit too late to post at this topic…i happen to visit KMB after a break….

    No doubt, it is astounding that amongst all the chaos in a place like karachi, there still exist selfless ppl like the Mr. Nazim Hussain & Dr. Alam.

    To the author – firstly excellent observation & really a great attempt at getting such virute acknowledged!

    Second: i dunno if anyone has thought abt it or may even done it already but y not cover them as one of the short stories in a magazine that r read amongst the “elite” of the society.(for instance DAWN Review) coz i guess KMB is known by only a niche in the society, a short story in a magazine can get more attention…


  12. Visitor1844 (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    i know its a bit too late to post at this topic…i happen to visit KMB after a break….

    No doubt, it is astounding that amongst all the chaos in a place like karachi, there still exist selfless ppl like the Mr. Nazim Hussain & Dr. Alam.

    To the author – firstly excellent observation & really a great attempt at getting such virute acknowledged!

    Second: i dunno if anyone has thought abt it or may even done it already but y not cover them as one of the short stories in a magazine that r read amongst the “elite” of the society.(for instance DAWN Review) coz i guess KMB is known by only a niche in the society, a short story in a magazine can get more attention…


  13. Visitor1844 (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    Sorry for late post…i happen to visit KMB after a break….

    No doubt, it is astounding that amongst all the chaos in a place like karachi, there still exist selfless ppl like the Mr. Nazim Hussain & Dr. Alam.

    To the author – firstly excellent observation & really a great attempt at getting such virute acknowledged!

    Second: i dunno if anyone has thought abt it or may even done it already but y not cover them as one of the short stories in a magazine that r read amongst the “elite” of the society.(for instance DAWN Review) coz i guess KMB is known by only a niche in the society, a short story in a magazine can get more attention…



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