Pakistani imam treats patients in Catholic cathedral

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More than 100 parishioners of Lahore’s Sacred Heart Cathedral were treated at a free medical camp organized by an imam.

Qari Abdul Qayyum Zaheer, a televangelist, and his team of four doctors offered full body check-ups and food supplements at the health camp at St Victoria’s Nursery in the cathedral compound on June 24. Awareness sessions on the health effects of extreme heat and climate change were also conducted.

“We only charged 350 rupees (US$2.88) for a test of body organs and vitamins. That’s one third the cost of an ordinary medical test in a private hospital. Sunstroke, dehydration and gastrointestinal infections were common among the visitors,” Zaheer told

The U.N. World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that the hottest April temperature ever witnessed on earth was recorded at Nawabshah, a southern district of Sindh province, where the mercury reached a scorching 50.2C (122.4F). Media reports say 65 people have died due to the heat wave in Karachi.

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