Uttarakhand News

A certified doctor himself, Champawat DM attends to poor patients for free

by Abhay Aswal
Jan 11, 2018

The far-flung Champawat district of Uttarakhand has a new hero. For a state that is seriously falling short of doctors to attend to patients – especially in the rural parts – Champawat DM Dr. Iqbal Ahmed is going the extra mile. The IAS officer moonlights as a doctor to attend to poor patients free of cost at the district hospital in Champawat. Dr. Iqbal completed his MBBS in 2009 from Kasturba Medical College, Karnataka but was selected for Indian Administrative Services (IAS) a year later in 2010.

Champawat DM Dr. Iqbal Ahmed attending patient at district hospital. (Image Courtesy)

DM Dr Iqbal’s decision would motivate our health department and the needy of the district would definitely benefit from his one-hour medical consultancy.

– Dr. MS Bora, Chief Medical Officer (Champawat)

However, Kanpur-born Ahmed has to wait seven years to get formally registered.  His lifelong ambition to serve the poor medically, was finally realized in September last year, when Uttarakhand Medical Council cleared the registration and gave permission to practice medicine. Dr. Ahmed serves one hour everyday at district hospital and give consultations to the locals when on tour. Out of the 95 doctors sanctioned, Champawat has only 45 of them at present with only one district hospital and 21 other hospitals besides about 1,500 OPD serving.

Overall, Uttarakhand is almost 60% short of doctors with only 1,000 doctors serving at present against the requirement of 2,700.

Inputs from Hindustan Times