Washington: As fears grew over potential spread of water-borne diseases in the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmiri Americans on Monday offered telemedicine facility through Skype and phone to the affected people in the state.

The Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA), in partnership with Grand Opinion, has decided to provide free consultations to the flood-ravaged people in anticipation of medical and infectious diseases to avoid morbidity and mortality, a statement said.

“KOA has a database of Kashmiri Pandit physicians in almost all specialities and we will be happily providing such services on a volunteer basis at no cost to the beneficiary and that too from the comfort of their homes,” it said adding, medium that could be utilised range from telephones to Skype.

Grand Opinion will be providing the service 24×7 through KOA physician database and all physicians from the world over can participate in this service.

“I request all Kashmiri Pandit physicians all over the world to come forward and contribute in this humanitarian service and set a leading example of?the core values of the community –universal brotherhood, benevolence, righteousness, truthfulness,” said Surinder Kaul, President of KOA.