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Patna doctor gets SAARC award for flood relief work


Patna,(BiharTimes): A Patna, Dr Ravikant Singh, became the first Indian to win the SAARC Youth Award 2009 for his selfless services during and after 2008 Bihar floods, which swep away thousands and displaced 33 lakh people.

He treated more than one lakh patients in 300 health camps in the six months after the flood. Along with his team of 100-plus members, he worked in different parts of flood-ravaged Kosi region.

Dr Singh’s family lives in Bahadurpur locality of Patna. He passed his matriculation from the Government High School, Rajendra Nagar, in 1995 and did his I.Sc from the Commerce College, Patna.

He joined his MBBS course in Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai, in 2000 and at present is pursuing his MD in Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM). He received this award from the chairman of SAARC Council of Ministers, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk during 32nd Session of Council of Ministers held at Thimpu on April 27 last.

Dr Singh has dedicated his award to his fellow doctor, Dr Chandrakant Patil, who died after lightning struck him in September 2008 on the fifth day of his stay in Bihar while he was treating the patients of flood-ravaged Kosi zone at a medical camp. It needs to be recalled that 40-odd doctors from Mumbai, under the banner of Doctors For You arrived in September 2008 to work in the Kosi belt. They worked in the camps organized by film-star, Prakash Jha, Bihar Rabita Committee and other NGOs too.

At present, Dr Singh is serving as a resident doctor at King Edward Medical Hospital in Parel. This hospital is attached to Seth G S Medical College, said Dr Singh.

He has a plan to build a humanitarian medical disaster relief team for the South Asian region onsisting of doctors and volunteers from all the eight SAARC countries and promote blood donation in India, Pakistan and Nepal.






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