“Everybody calls him (Ramchandra Dandekar) ”Physician Sahab Mul waale”,” the son mentioned. (Representational)


At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has stored most senior residents indoors, an 87-year-old from Mul in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district has been going out of his strategy to attend to his sufferers in distant villages.

With solely his bicycle for firm, Ramchandra Dandekar has been travelling barefoot for at the very least 10 km day-after-day to villages in Mul, Pombhurna and Ballarshah talukas for the final 60 years, offering free doorstep remedy to folks.

The present well being disaster has not deterred the practitioner of Homeopathy and Ayurveda from stepping out of his residence.

“My routine is identical as earlier than. I wish to proceed to offer selfless service to the poor in villages,” Ramchandra Dandekar mentioned whereas speaking to PTI.

After finishing his diploma from the Nagpur School of Homeopathy in 1957-58, Ramchandra Dandekar labored as a lecturer on the Chandrapur Homeopathy School for a 12 months, earlier than shifting to rural areas to serve in villages.

His elder son Jayant Dandekar says the octogenarian has a hard and fast timetable for his visits to villages on weekdays and carries solely his medical equipment and medicines with him.

He doesn’t even carry a cell phone or a watch throughout his journeys. “If he has to take care of sufferers in faraway talukas, he travels by bus and visits the houses on cycles stored in villages. And if he will get late, he chooses to remain again at somebody’s home,” his son says.

“Everybody calls him ”Physician Sahab Mul waale”, and he visits round 20 houses in every village,” he says.

Though his visits have now decreased slightly, the physician has continued to serve his sufferers amid the pandemic, regardless of the chance of an infection. “He guides and advises folks to get admitted to close by hospitals if they’re discovered affected by fever or different signs of the virus,” says his son, who’s happy with his father’s selfless service.