Jagatsinghpur, Nov 29 (LocalWire) Odisha doctor Yagnadatta Rath, who set an example in community service by climbing a hill and crossing a river to attend to a tribal woman in labour, has been selected for IMA Dr. C.T. Thakar Award 2017-18.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), a national voluntary organisation of doctors, constituted this annual award to honour community service by young doctors.
The award will be conferred to Rath during the ensuing IMA NATCON 2018 to be held Bengaluru on Dec 27-28.
Rath’s achievement was celebrated by his villagers at Patilo under Tirtol block, who distributed sweets in his honour.
“This award will inspire me do better community service in remote and tribal areas,” Rath told LocalWire.
“We are proud of him. We hope he will work harder for people of tribal areas of Kandhmal district,” said his father Hemant Kumar Rath.
On Mar 25, Rath had trekked 2 km and crossed a river to reach out to a tribal woman Sitadadu Raita, hailing from Balam under Kandhmal district, who went into labour as she was on her way to the hospital on foot.
Pertinently, this tribal region is influenced by Maoists. But the young doctor braved it all.