Monday, August 17, 2015

My father Late Dr Radha Ballabh Prosad's a compassionate doctor

Yesterday I came across a news item in Dainik Bhaskar stating how one Doctor Dr SP Mukherjee serves the patients taking only Rs 5 as fees. This kindled in me fond memories of my father Late Dr Radha Ballabh Prosad. My father studied medicine at PMCH, Patna along with some of eminent doctors of today such as Dr Roy Chandi Nath Sahay and Late Dr Shkuntala Sahay (of Ranchi). He was the only MBBS doctor in the area (excluding the government hospital) when he started his practice in 1951. He became quickly popular among the people and people from long distance such as Asansol (220 km away) came for treatment.
He will charge minimum fee from poor villagers (say Rs 1 to 5) and some time no fees if the patient cannot afford. Medicines from dispensary would be also provided free sometimes.
He however will charge normal fees from those who could afford. Large verandah of  our house will be full of patients in summer months with some patients on drip. No charge for such night stays was charged and my generous grandmother will offer food to some patients . Half portion of our house well was available for public use as well as one toilet was also meant for public / patient's use. He was really a people's doctor. He was a painter and poet too & will paint and write poems. He was a very caring father and visited us regularly in Bokaro and Ranchi. Miss you papa!

We lost him some 35 year ago at an early of 57 yrs... a freak accident snatched him from us!

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