India: 87-year-old doctor braves COVID-19 to treat villagers in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur

While the COVID-19 phase led to hardships for many, healthcare facilities in villages were severely affected, but even during this crisis, an 87-year old doctor from Chandrapur continued braving the pandemic to reach his patients on a bicycle and provide them treatment.

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The homoeopathic doctor, Dr Ramchandra Danekar, travels 10-15 kilometres on his bicycle daily to provide door-to-door medical treatment to the poor as he has been for close to 60 years.

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“For the last 60 years, I’ve been visiting villagers almost daily. Due to fear of COVID-19, doctors are scared of treating patients but I have no such fear. Nowadays, young doctors are only after money, they do not want to serve the poor,” Dr Danekar told ANI here.

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He said that in his prime he used to cover many villages in a day and would even stay out for a day but due to growing age he now returns to his house at night.

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“I will continue serving the people till my limbs are working,” an enthusiastic Dr Danekar added.

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Villagers in the area said that Dr Danekar was always available for them round the clock at a single call and had continued working for them even during the pandemic phase.

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“He is like a God for us, he is the only doctor who reaches us at any time on a single call. He has continued serving us even during the pandemic phase when others would refuse,” a villager said while others agreed with him and added that his services have helped many in the region.

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