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When age is no bar
Amritsar: It’s five minutes to 11 am; time for 90-year old Munni Lal to open the lock of room number 107 at the emergency block of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital associated with Government Medical College in the city. The queue of people outside his room is getting longer. Lal’s work begins: provide free medicines to the needy.
This has been Lal’s routine for over a decade, ever since the hospital allotted this room to Sewa Bharti, a philanthropic society helping poor patients with free medicines for over 30 years. The society started with arranging blood and medicines for the victims of blasts and terrorist attacks during Punjab’s black days. Says society president Joginder Pal Mahajan. “We all have some unused, unexpired medicines in our homes. In most cases we throw them when they are of no use. But it will be better if the medicines reach the people who cannot afford them,” says Mahajan.