Always wanted to work for the underprivileged
Dr Anuj Singhal
Dr Anuj Singhal did his MBBS from Agra in 1995 and started working with an organisation that operates in the remotest of areas. “I always wanted to work for people who had no access to proper healthcare. I was sent to Wayanad district in Kerala for two years which has a 20 per cent tribal population,” he said.
Dr Singhal worked there as a senior research fellow in a government project, Sickle Cell Disease Control Program, which was implemented by AIIMS. “After working there, I realised that two years were insufficient to deliver anything conclusive and so I decided to stay here longer. I found my soul mate there, too, and I ended up spending 15 years in Kerala,” recalls Dr Singhal.
About the challenges he faced in serving the people, he said, “Food, language, geography, everything was a challenge for us and, after working there for over one and half decades, we decided to work in the hilly regions. Our batchmates and other fellow doctors also decided to join hands for a mission that of providing quality medical facility to the underprivileged.
There was no medical project available in Uttarakhand at the time. So, in 2012, we shifted to Dharmawala village near Dehradun. We formed a society Swami Vivekananda Health Society and started a dispensary there. With the help of a team of doctors, we also started a hospital in 2016, where we could perform operations and other treatments. We also started a mobile medical van unit in Vrindavan, which covers poor and underprivileged people in 108 villages,”said the doctor with his heart in the right place.
Most people become doctors for the money and there are very few who take it as a noble cause. Despite this, Dr Singhal is optimistic and claims that close to 200-250 doctors are associated with them now who not only donate money, but also offer their services for free.
Couldn’t bear to see another precious life lost
Dr Suresh Singh Naruka
A practising senior consultant ENT specialist in New Delhi at Apollo Hospital, Dr Suresh Singh Naruka belongs to Kishangarh village near Ajmer in Rajasthan. He was only four when his father died and his mother single-handedly brought up his two elder brothers and a sister. “As I was fairly intelligent, my mother wanted me to become a doctor. She motivated me and instilled in me a dream to become a doctor,” says Naruka.
Kishangarh, being a small town, lacked a private school and so Dr Naruka went to a government school for his education. For advanced learning, Naruka shifted to Delhi. Here, he worked as a doctor at a hospital in critical care and emergency health care units for a year. It was then that he decided to go for his post-graduation examination, which he did from Udaipur.
Dr Naruka firmly believes that medicine is a profession to be passionate about. His advice to the younger generation of aspiring doctors is not to join medicine to only earn money. “Our main objective is to serve humanity,” he said.
“My town is quite backward when it comes to medical facilities. It does not even have the basic amenities. My aim was to become a doctor and help people back in Kishangarh. So, I started a charitable camp for poor people and, later, with the help of some non-profitable agencies, we got MRI and CT scan facilities which really make our job easier,” he added.