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NGOs step in to provide help to pellet victims

Youth blinded during protests being taken outside state for specialised treatment


Srinagar, Aug 26 (KNS): In a bid to provide relief to the pellet victims injured since the onset of unrest on July 8, the Help Foundation (a non-government organisation) has been successful in taking those youth who lost their eye-sight, outside the state for specialised treatment.
So far 19 youth who had sustained eye injuries due to pellets have been taken outside the state for the specialised treatment by the help foundation. Majority of the youth have witnessed betterment in their conditions with some regaining their eye sight after they were treated at L. V. Prasad Eye Institute at Hyderabad.
“There is a lot of betterment in their condition. We have several cases in which youth have regained their eye sight including one pellet victim namely Danish who was hit by pellets in both eyes. Now his one eye is fine and medicos are optimistic that he will regain his sight back in both his eyes,” says Nighat Shafi- chairperson of Help Foundation.
She said they are taking five more youth outside the state for the treatment and that they belong to no specific area but hail from different areas of valley including north and south Kashmir.
According to Nighat, the costs outside the state are borne by the Help foundation and the priority of her organisation is to take youth for the treatment at an earliest. “It is somebody’s life at stake. What medicos say there is that there should be no delay done in bringing the pellet victims for the specialised treatment or else the delay could cause permanent blindness,” Nighat told KNS.
Kashmir valley has been witnessing the simmering protest demonstrations since the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani. More than 67 people have been killed while hundreds of others injured. Scores have been maimed by the wide use of pellets. (KNS)