Sambalpur (SunstarTV Bureau): For treatment to the poor and underprivileged people, a doctor has opened a ‘One Rupee’ clinic in Sambalpur district.
Shankar Ramchandani, an assistant professor in the department of medicine at Veer SurendraSai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla, has opened the clinic in Burla town where patients have to pay just one Rupee for treatment.
Ramchandani said that the one Rupee fee clinic is part of his long-standing desire to provide free treatment to the poor and underprivileged beyond duty hour.
“Hence, I could not start the ‘One-Rupee’ clinic. But I was promoted as assistant professor recently and as an assistant professor, I am allowed to do private practice after my duty hours and hence, I have started the clinic in a rented house now”, said the 38-year-old doctor.
“I charge one Rupee from the poor and underprivileged people as I don’t want them to feel that they are availing the service free of cost. They should also think that they have paid some money for their treatment,” he said.
The clinic, which has been set up at the Kachha Market area in Burla town remain open from 7 AM to 8 AM in the morning and 6 PM to 7 PM in the evening.
The ‘One-Rupee’ clinic has provided him with an opportunity to serve the poor, destitute, unprivileged, elderly persons, physically challenged people, and the people who do not have access to proper medical care.
“The clinic was inaugurated on Friday and 33 patients came to the clinic on the first day,” he said.