Meet Karimul Haque, a tea garden worker by profession, who runs a bike ambulance to ferry road accident victims or the ill and poor people to the hospital so that they can get the medical attention at the earliest. People call him ‘Bike-Ambulance Dada,’ for his free of cost bike ambulance service which runs 24×7.
Karimul lives in a remote village Kranti in Jalpaiguri district of West-Bengal, where roads are not proper for entry of a four wheeler ambulance and the nearest public health center is 8 km away.
The inspiration for starting a bike ambulance service in his area came from a sad incident when his mother suffered a heart attack in the wee hours of night and he was not able to take her to the hospital due to non-availability of ambulance facility. He had no other option other than watching her mother die.
This unfortunate incident shook him from inside and on that day he pledged that he will help his villagers so that no one dies like his mother.
Initially, people took him as a fool but when they started getting help in times of crisis they started appreciating and recognizing him for his selfless service towards his villagers.Now, he is like an angel sent by God for helping the local residents. Karimul gets a meager Rs 5,000 every month, half of which he spends buying fuel for his bike and medicines for the poor.
His selfless service for over the last 8 years has not gone unrecognized and he has also been awarded the fourth highest civilian award in the country, Padma Shri.
He is not alone in this noble mission, he gets support from his family members to run this service uninterrupted, but he wants that others should also come forward to help the poor.
He believes in one of the most famous lines of Rabindranath Tagore,“Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re (“If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone”).
The Indian Feed appreciates Karimul’s work towards the welfare of society and congratulates him for receiving Padma Shri. We are in dire need of people like him who understand the problem of the society and finds an innovative way to solve that.