Shankar Ramchandani

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₹1 clinic for the poor in Odisha

February 15, 2021: The Times of India

Doctor opens ₹1 clinic for the poor in Odisha


Keeping up with the medical ethics of serving humanity, a doctor in Odisha’s Sambalpur district has opened a ‘One Rupee’ clinic to provide treatment to the poor and underprivileged people.

Shankar Ramchandani, an assistant professor in the department of medicine at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), has started the facility in Burla town where patients have to pay just one rupee for receiving medicare.

Ramchandani’s wife Sikha Ramchandani, a dental surgeon, is helping him in the pioneering work. The clinic was inaugurated on Friday and 33 patients came to the clinic on the first day, the doctor said.

Ramchandani said the one rupee fee clinic is part of his long-standing desire to provide free treatment to the poor beyond duty hour. Asked why he charges Rs 1 token amount, Ramchandani said, “I don’t want them to feel they are availing the service free of cost”.

Ramchandani, who had hit the headlines when he took a leprosy patient carrying on his arms and dropped him in his house in 2019, said, "my late father, Brahmanand Ramchandani had told me to set up a nursing home. PTI

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