Balasore, November 11 (LocalWire): Locals in the tribal-dominated areas, here, frequently talk of a young doctor and wait for him. He has also drawn attention and earned accolades in the nearby areas, for the service beyond duty hours.
Meet Dr. Suraj Jena, the 29-year old MBBS who is currently serving at Raj Berhampur CHC since January 2019, his first posting after passing out from Burla.
The only son of a retired bank manager Brajakishore and Suprava of Santragadia from Oupada block, Dr. Jena is often seen going around the villages after his duty hours, and on holidays conducting free medical checkups.
He also distributes free medicines and advises patients that they can get them from the nearest government hospitals and healthcare centres.
According to locals, he regularly visits the villages on his motorbike with a bag containing medicines, stethoscope and BP measuring machine, along with his father with prior information to the village heads.
Dr. Jena says that he was motivated by his parents to serve people.
“Whenever I go for a camp my father accompanies me. In fact, I was encouraged by my parents,” he said, adding that the local population is mostly tribal and they are majorly dependent on farming for living or are daily wage earners.
“They least care for the health and most of the time don’t even know that they are inflicted with diseases. Most of them lack knowledge of basic health requirements and do not visit doctors due to paucity of money,” Dr. Jena stated.
“They even neglect common ailments that aggravate to become serious ailments. I came across a TB patient who was not aware that he had the diseases. Similarly, women neglect their health even though they suffer,” he said.
Dr. Jena also has a plan for holding a major health camp sometime in February next year along with batch mates. “Since all are busy with the duties and preparing for PG entrance, we plan to hold it after our exams,” he said.
Oupada and Nilgiri often hog the headlines for wrong reasons, with cases of malaria and diarrhea being reported quite often from here, but Dr. Jena has, with his selfless approach and service has brought a piece of good news that the locals are now proudly talking about.