Meet A UP Doctor Who Gives Free Treatment To Kin Of Armymen
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. While we complain about temperature rises, there are individuals at the border facing extreme climates, while we complain of our food, they are grateful for what they receive, while we complain about comfort, they are facing rough terrain each day with a smile, while we complain about work overload, they happily safeguard our land 24/7, while we battle first world issues, they battle nations, yes, they are the Armed Forces of our nation because of whom we can endure in peace. What do we do to deserve so much from them?
Dr Ajay Chaudhary, 44, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, provides free medical service to the families of army personnel as a sign of respect to the soldiers who work selflessly for the nation, staying up odd hours so that we can sleep peacefully. He comes from a family with a military background, his father worked for military forms and his brother is the Commander of the Indian Navy. Since his father had a transferable job, he had to change multiple schools all across the country.
He is a gastroenterologist, focused on the diseases caused in the area pertaining to the gastrointestinal tract. One day his brother’s friend had a stomach upset while in Lucknow, and he treated him without any charge. Dr Ajay also wanted to serve the nation on the defence front and had appeared for the National Defence Academy (NDA) examination, but he was unable to crack it.
The service of gratitude
Consequently, he decided not to charge any Army personnel and says, “Armed forces is a very different entity, the culture is very different, we can never imagine that environment. They sacrifice their lives, not because of the payment they receive, but because the love for our nation is infused into them, and that exists nowhere else. And so, they should get something that is due. The newspapers cover all these worthless reports, but when someone loses his life at the border, they hardly write a small piece about it in the corner. What do they get in return? One should care about them and should give them the respect they deserve, which we as a society fail to give them.”
If you happen to pass by his clinic in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, a unique signboard right near the clinic reception will definitely grasp your attention. This notice reads ‘Here, soldiers are not required to pay consultation fees. You have already given your fee at the border.’ The soldiers are required to carry their ID cards while coming in for consultation. Earlier, he did not have a sign board at his previous clinic due to the lack of space, which made it difficult for him to determine if the patient was an Armed Forces personnel or not. Now, the 8cm X 6 cm notice ensures he does not miss out on any soldier.
“This kind of service is a necessity, we need to tell them that they are doing something special for us. This is my way of giving back to the people who work selflessly for the nation. I have been doing this voluntarily,” says Dr Ajay, who has been providing free services since the last 4-5 years now.
Dr Ajay is truly a gem of an individual, and by his heart warming service, several Army workforces feel proud and honored of their job, which keeps them even motivated to serve the nation. We as individuals, should realize the sacrifices that these men give at the border, putting so much at stake, just so that we can have a good night’s slumber. All I urge you to do is, respect them and look up to them, with the dignity they deserve.
(By Declan Rego)