Odisha: Dr Kishore Chandra Das received a tearful farewell when he had to leave Tentulikhunti, after 8 years of serving the town. Around 500 people, from the town and the ones he served gathered to bid him goodbye when he was leaving to pursue a post-graduate degree in orthopaedics at a private medical college-cum-hospital in Bhubaneswar.

“The entire town seemed to be crying,” said Tulu Satpathy, a local resident who participated in the farewell march taken out from the health centre to the outskirts of the town in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district. “They hugged Dr Das and asked him to return after he had completed his higher studies. So many people came to see him off that the main road of the town was completely jammed for over an hour,” he added according to a report by The Hindustan Times.

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When he came to the town eight years ago, nobody believed in him that he’ll turn out to be any different. Nobody thought he could do anything to improve the medical condition of the town.
But what he did, is almost a miracle for the residents and they couldn’t ask any more from him. Dr Das single-handedly transformed the entire medical facility, which was dilapidated once he came in, into a modern medical facility with an operation theatre of its own in less than a decade.

Dr Das is a graduate of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences in Bengaluru, and he joined work in Tentulikhunti at a time when over 80% of specialist positions in the medical field were lying vacant.

He also set up an air-conditioned delivery room, an operation theatre and an oxygen concentrator, which is why he gained a good reputation than the doctors who came before him and the residents trusted him with his work.
“People would come here from far-off places, spending as much as Rs 300-400 on travel. I felt bad turning them away just because he had arrived late,” said Dr Das.

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In 2014, a village nearby witnessed a diarrhoea outbreak and Dr Das treated those affected by the ailment with the help of his medical team and asked the Government officials to stop sewage from seeping into the local well.
A few months later, he even got a village vaccinated after a measles outbreak.
It was his hard work and his will do to good for the public that made him a superhero. He has saved a lot of lives and will continue to do so. Residents of Tentulikhunti, consider Dr Das as their God, and he says he has been treated like one.

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“Dr Das was always at the beck and call of over 70,000 people on our block,” said Tentulikhunti block development officer Anakar Thakur, according to a report.
“Dr Das did a splendid job here. Even the day before he was supposed to leave, he planted over 500 saplings on the hospital campus. He is a very popular figure in our region,” said Nabarangpur chief district medical officer Saroj Nayak.

While Dr Das was leaving, he described this as an ”emotional affair”, and he further said he would definitely love to come back to this place.

It is so good to hear and see that our nation has such people besides hospitals and clinics being run as a business and not for the welfare of the public. What we learnt from Dr Das is that no matter how much money we earn, the kind of love he received by doing good for the people, any amount will fall short in front of it.

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