VADODARA: For so long, since the time of the pandemic outbreak, this mosque in Godhra, the second biggest in town had been offering prayers for Covid-19 patients. However, it has now taken its services a step ahead and turned the place of worship into a care centre for all positive patients.
What’s more, its healing touch does not discriminate against patients by their religion or social status! Opened last week, this facility is now facilitating treatment to nine positive patients from different communities.
The ground floor of Aadam mosque on Sheikh Majaawar Road, which was designed to accommodate female haj pilgrims, has now been converted into a designated Covid-19 care centre. The decision by the mosque’s managing trust was inspired by the rise in the number of cases in the region.
“Godhra Muslim Samaj, our maulvis and group of Muslim doctors got together and decided to offer the hall on the ground floor as Covid-19 treatment centre. We sought permission from the district collector and chief district health officer for a 50-bed facility, and after they allowed a 32-bed one, we started the facility on July 11,” said Dr Anwar Kachba.
“Of these 32 beds, 16 are for patients to be kept in isolation while the other 16 are for positive patients,” Kachba added.
In the past too, the mosque had wanted to set up a similar facility for chikungunya cases, but failed.
“We had bought hospital furniture from a hospital in Ahmedabad which was closing down. This is helping us offer treatment to all,” said Abdul Kadir Hayaat, mosque’s managing trustee.
“Whatever we do not have is being supplied by the Godhra civil hospital,” said Hayaat, adding that the civil hospital is also looking after the medical treatment of the patients here.
So far 11 suspected patients who tested negative have been discharged from this facility.