Karachi, April 24 (Dawn): Expressing concern and sympathy over growing cases of Covid-19 in India, Pakistan’s premier social welfare organisation Edhi Foundation has offered help to the neighbouring country.
Faisal Edhi, managing trustee of the Edhi Foundation and son of the world famous philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, said they had been closely following the impact that the Covid-19 crisis had cast on the people of India.
“We are very sorry to hear about the exceptionally heavy impact that the pandemic has had on your country, where a tremendous number of people are suffering immensely,” wrote Mr Edhi. He said that “as a neighbouring friend, we sympathise with you greatly and during this strenuous time, we would like to extend our help in the form of a fleet of 50 ambulances along with our services to assist you in addressing, and further circumventing, the current health conditions”.
Plans sending fleet of 50 ambulances with medical technicians to neighboring country
“I, Faisal Edhi, managing trustee of the Edhi Foundation, am personally offering to lead and manage the humanitarian team from my organisation,” he said in the letter.
Mr Edhi said that his organisation understood the gravity of the situation and wished to lend full support. “We will arrange all the necessary supplies that our team needs to assist the people of India.”
Mr. Edhi said: “Importantly, we are not requesting any other assistance from you, as we are providing the fuel, food and other necessary amenities that our team will require.”
He pointed out that the Edhi Foundation’s team would consist of emergency medical technicians, drivers and supporting staff.
“In order to implement our proposed service, we only request your permission to enter India as well as any necessary guidance from the local administration and police department,” he added.
He said: “We are willing and ready to deploy our team into any critical areas of concern at your discretion without hesitation.
“We look forward to assisting you in managing the current humanitarian crises, and hope only to provide our help in whatever way that we can, for the benefit of the people of India.”
About Edhi Foundation
The Edhi Foundation is the single best foundation across Pakistan and one of the best social welfare service providers across the world running on non-commercial, non-political, and non-communal basis, serving round-the-clock without any discrimination of color, class, and creed is enjoying exclusive credentials in the shape of awards and shields conferred upon Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi and Mrs. Bilquis Edhi by governmental and non-governmental organizations on national and international level for rendering their exemplary services to humanity in multidimensional fields.
The diversified fields in which Abdul Sattar Edhi played his greatest role for; saving the lives of thousands of newborn babies by placing the cradles outside the Edhi centres, fostering the abandoned babies and children, free nurturing disabled and handicapped people, free caring and feeding women and elderly people who were subjected to torture or neglected by their families, free supporting to ailing patients by providing free medication and medicines through his mobile dispensaries, hospitals, and the diabetic centre at Karachi.
In addition to above, he offered his services in many other areas—like providing land, air, and marine ambulance services during accidents to shift patients to hospitals, national and international relief and aid assistance to the affectees of natural debacles, providing relief aid to refugees in various countries, providing emergency services to the sufferers of drought, fire, and flood, saving the lives of drowned people added with recovering dead bodies from the seas and floods, free rehabilitating the drug addicts, free tracing the missing people, free arranging marriages for the helpless girls and boys, providing free food, clothing, and blankets to needy people.
Besides above, he also served the humanity by offering his services by, providing free technical education to needy people to make them self sufficient through the technical knowledge and skills, providing religious education to the children to make them the best human beings, providing consultancy on family planning and maternity services, providing free blood and plasma to the disadvantaged people, providing free shelter, food, and caring to mentally retarded people, caring by giving shelter and food to orphan and helpless children. Services to humanity rendered by Abdul Sattar Edhi and his spouse Mrs. Bilquis Edhi never end here, he played his role in some more areas—such as; provided free legal aid to bail out or the prisoners from the prisons, financial and medical support to the prisoners, provided crutches and supporters to the handicapped people, and gave exclusive free bathing and shrouding services to unclaimed dead bodies, so on and so forth. All these services are so much outstanding and exceptional that Edhi Foundation’s role can truly be attributed to an unprecedented example of services to the nation and country of Pakistan as well as humanity, across th