Doda (Jammu), Aug 4 (ANI): Army has sent a team of doctors to Dadhkai village in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir to treat villagers who are either speech or hearing impaired.
The doctors are members of a team organized by 26 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the Indian Army.
The Dadhkai village that comes under the sub district of Gandoh has a history of speech and hearing impaired patients, with the first reported case dating back to 1931. It is said that every third family in Dadhkai has a patient who is either speech or hearing impaired.
The village is also referred to as the village of 'deaf and dumb'.
The team that included renowned neurologists and genetic scientists examined around 87 patients who were born with these imparities and their blood samples were collected.
Villagers expressed happiness that such a camp has been organized.
"It is a big medical camp that has been organized by 26 RR. Renowned child specialists have visited the village. But the focus is on deaf and dumb patients. Research is being conducted. Their blood samples, samples of food are being taken," said Chaudhary Mohammad Hamid, the village head.
Doctors are trying to ascertain the exact cause of the disorders. The samples of the patients will be sent oversees for DNA analysis.
"We are taking blood samples for DNA analysis which will be sent abroad. We are performing ECG of all the patients.
Scanning will be performed on many in the Jammu. We are providing them free tokens so that at least one fourth of the patients can benefit from free MRICT to be conducted in Jammu.
I hope we reach some conclusion in the near future," said Dr. Sushil Razdan, a neurologist.
Indian Army has been organizing medical camps for the welfare of villagers living in remote regions of Kashmir. (ANI)