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By: PTI | Nagpur | Updated: October 18, 2020 10:34:05 am At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has stored most senior residents indoors, an 87-year-old physician from Mul in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district has been going out of his method to attend to his sufferers in distant villages. (Representational Image)At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has stored most senior residents indoors, an 87-year-old physician from Mul in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district has been going out of his method to attend to his sufferers in distant villages.
With solely his bicycle for firm, Ramchandra Dandekar has been travelling barefoot for at the very least 10 km day by day to villages in Mul, Pombhurna and Ballarshah talukas for the final 60 years, offering free doorstep therapy to individuals.
The present well being disaster has not deterred the practitioner of Homeopathy and Ayurveda from stepping out of his home.
Talking to PTI, Dandekar says, “My routine is the same as before. I want to continue to provide selfless service to the poor in villages.”
After finishing his diploma from the Nagpur College of Homeopathy in 1957-58, Dandekar labored as a lecturer on the Chandrapur Homeopathy College 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 attend to patients in faraway talukas, he travels by bus and visits the homes on cycles kept in villages. And if he gets late, he chooses to stay back at someone’s house,” his son says.
“Everyone calls him ‘Doctor Sahab Mul waale’, and he visits around 20 homes in each village,” he says.
Although his visits have now decreased just a little, the physician has continued to serve his sufferers amid the pandemic, regardless of the chance of an infection.
“He guides and advises people to get admitted to nearby hospitals if they are found suffering from fever or other symptoms of the virus,” says his son, who’s pleased with his father’s selfless service. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to hitch our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the newest headlines For all the newest India News, obtain Indian Express App.

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