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HYDERABAD: After noticing an increasing number of people waiting outside Covid-19 designated Gandhi Hospital, Azhar Maqsusi, a resident of Old City, has started distributing free cooked food to attenders of patients as well as those who are waiting for beds outside the hospital every single day.
Although Maqsusi is known for helping the needy since several years, he says that since the past two months, he has had to scale up his food distribution programme due to the Covid crisis.

Azhar Maqsusi distributing food to the poor
“The number of people to whom we distribute free food has increased manifold since the second wave of Covid hit the city. I cook food for nearly 1,500 people every single day and feed not just the attenders of patients but anyone who is hungry,” said Maqsusi.
From harsh weather conditions to paucity of funds, he has seen several obstacles come in his way, but never stopped feeding people. “I have understood within a short time after I started this programme that I cannot afford to relax or stop. There is no holiday for hunger. Neither do we differentiate between caste, creed or religion,” said the 40-year-old, who runs a Plaster of Paris business in the city.
After he is done distributing food near Gandhi Hospital, the 40-year-old moves to another location near Dabeerpura flyover, where a large number of people wait for him under the flyover where he also set up a tent for people to eat comfortably under the shade. “I have been eating here from the past two weeks. I don’t have a source of income for the past six months nor a family that I can go to for help.
This man has been feeding us free of cost and doesn’t expect anything in return,” said K Janardhan, a beneficiary at Dabeerpura. In addition to food distribution, Maqsusi has come up with a unique idea to start a ‘Wall of Face Mask’ at Dabeerpura flyover for passers-by who can pick up a mask for free to stay safe from coronavirus.
The face masks are lined up on a specially-created wall between 4.30 pm to 7 pm every day. “It is just a small contribution from me to create awareness on the use of face mask. Also, there are many people who cannot afford to buy a face mask and they can get it here,” he said.

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