Maharashtra: 87-year-old physician braves pandemic to deal with villagers

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 87-year-old physician braves pandemic to deal with villagers

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has saved most senior residents indoors, an 87-year-old physician from Mul in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district has been going out of his solution to attend to his sufferers in distant villages. With solely his bicycle for firm, Ramchandra Dandekar has been travelling barefoot for not less than 10 km daily to villages in Mul, Pombhurna and Ballarshah talukas for the final 60 years, offering free doorstep therapy to folks.

The present well being disaster has not deterred the practitioner of Homeopathy and Ayurveda from stepping out of his dwelling.

Speaking to PTI, Dandekar says, “My routine is similar as earlier than. I wish to proceed to offer selfless service to the poor in villages.”

After finishing his diploma from the Nagpur School of Homeopathy in 1957-58, Dandekar labored as a lecturer on the Chandrapur Homeopathy School for a 12 months, earlier than shifting to rural areas to serve in villages.

His elder son Jayant Dandekar says the octogenarian has a set timetable for his visits to villages on weekdays and carries solely his medical package and medicines with him.

He doesn’t even carry a cell phone or a watch throughout his journeys.

“If he has to take care of sufferers in faraway talukas, he travels by bus and visits the properties on cycles saved in villages. And if he will get late, he chooses to remain again at somebody’s home,” his son says.

“Everybody calls him ‘Physician Sahab Mul waale’, and he visits round 20 properties in every village,” he says.

Though his visits have now decreased a little bit, the physician has continued to serve his sufferers amid the pandemic, regardless of the danger of an infection.

“He guides and advises folks to get admitted to close by hospitals if they’re discovered affected by fever or different signs of the virus,” says his son, who’s happy with his father’s selfless service. 

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