**Malkangiri: ** Dr Omkar Hota, a doctor at Paplur Health Centre in Malkangiri hogged limelight when he carried a bleeding woman on a cot through the rough terrains for 8 kms of cut-off Malkangiri and treated her at the nearest health centre.
Son of a head clerk at Bolangir Collectorate, this doctor gives full credit of his success to his mother, Tarangini Hota who is a housewife.
Talking exclusively to OMMCOM NEWS, he said, “My mother is my driving force, and I owe my profession to her.”
He still remembers the incident vividly which instigated him to take up medicine as his profession.
“When I was in Class X, I accompanied my mother to Bolangir DHH as she was suffering from jaundice. We saw a poor person crying out of exasperation. He had come for the treatment of his wife and had run out of money. The doctor had taken some, and the rest went in medicines. He did not have money to even go back to his village. My mother gave him all the money we had and pledged me to become a doctor to serve the poor. I am just fulfilling my pledge now.”
He has given his life for the service of the poor at this young age. Passing out of Hi-Tech Medical College of Bhubaneswar in 2015, he took his profession very seriously.
“My whole life is only to serve the poor. The common men are able to access the multi-speciality hospitals. But the tribal poor are deprived of even proper nutrition, let alone medication. I am just a human serving the humanity,” he said.
It is worth mentioning that he lives in a small room at the Paplur Health Centre and is available for the patients round the clock.
“People step in at odd hours at night and I attend to each and every patient, be it of poisoning or delivery. I am doing the job of not only a doctor, but of pharmacist, of a clerk preparing monthly and weekly reports of malaria,TB, etc. I love my work and get an inner satisfaction by serving these tribals.”
Though he does not earn much, but he still provides nutritional tablets to his malnourished patients from his pocket, as the government does not provide all generic medicines.But nothing deters him from serving the tribal poor.
He has been awarded ‘Best Doctor of the district’ in 2017.
When applauded, the young doctor gets intimidated as he does not think that he has done some heroic deed.
Talking about the bleeding woman whom he helped, he said, “I only did a humane thing. If not brought within time, she would have died. I treated her as a doctor. There is nothing great in it.”