Friday, June 6, 2008

The people's doctor


Dr Pappu Haldar, 24, does not want to speak much about his educational qualification. Dr Haldar, who hails from North 24 Pargana district in West Bengal, is a doctor in a slum of some 5,000 people in Jaipur, most of whom are illegal Bangladeshi immigrants
"There was no opportunity there and I wanted to get out of that place. I chose Jaipur for two reasons. One I have a cousin here and I thought it would be easier for me to come and live with him as I set up my practice," he says before adding: "And the important reason was that Jaipur being a hot place would have more diseases and cases than other parts of the country."
Dr Haldar came to Jaipur in 2003 and settled down at his cousin's home. "I practiced from a small place next to where we lived. That was when I heard about this slum and I was told there were no doctors here," he said
Dr Haldar charges Rs 20 per sitting as consultation fees. If there is someone in need of a dose of drips, it will cost them Rs 120. He even has stocked a few medicines that are exclusively for times of emergency for patients whose history he knows
All in a day's work for a man who came here only because he thought hot place = more diseases = better business

source-rediff

10 comments:

Arun Kumar said...

dude u missed an important part of the article...the part about him being unmindful of whether thay are bengalis or bangladeshis...

anyhow...he is a good doc...n great human..i can be sure i wont be him in the next 20 years of my life..

pricelessjunk said...

*whoa*

You know, sometimes, it's really hard to believe that people can give up their whole lives and get into saving others.
But there are so many examples like this(post) all around us. We may all think its a good act and people like Dr Pappu Haldar are great and all. But none of us actually try to get into his shoes.
What do you think about it ?
If I ask you: if you can do something like that, what would be your answer ?

Nice post.

Akshay said...

all i can say is that...If he is indeed a doctor...its great...

gunj said...

smehw ive always thot of medicine as a profession n not a business

Princess Mia said...

nice read....but i am kinda zonked right now its 4.42 am mate....so dunno wat more to comment :)

brocasarea said...

@ arun kumar...yeah man..shd really respect such guys!!!!...

@ pricelessjunk....hmm..really dont know to be frank..but sure that if some one asks me free consultation i will be glad to do that!!!..:)

brocasarea said...

@ akshay...yeah man he is..:)...

@ gunj...yeah it is but now days like business it has been commercialised!!!!

brocasarea said...

@ princess mia...thanks:)...take rest!

Solitaire said...

That's what doctors are supposed to be....people with golden hearts.

brocasarea said...

@ solitaire...hm...may be but sometimes its difficult to be like that for practical reasons