New Delhi, July 30, 2020 :
The floods in Assam brought life on a stand still and to make matters worse , Gauhati was put under lockdown. This made matters worse for people suffering from complicated and major problems . But in these challenging times there are these stories of courage , friendship and religious unity that show us glimmer of hope.
One of these stories of Hindu Muslim unity was recently experienced by doctors of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi .
About a fortnight back one of a poor Hindu patient’s pharmacist Muslim friend made a distress call to Dr Ushast Dhir , Consultant in Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital .
Mr Mofisur Rahmam wanted to help his only friend Mr Lalchand Biswas who is a Hindu and was suffering from acute liver failure due to liver Cirrhosis . The friend told Dr Dhir that the patient was drowsy , having difficulty in breathing and swelling in abdomen.
Dr Dhir along with support from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital made arrangements for quick medical consultation through teleconferencing. But their remained another major hurdle. Their was no signal in the area where Mr Biswas was stuck . The patient was then brought by a boat to an area where mobile signals were available. The entire web conferencing was done on the small boat .
Another challenge was the language barrier and help needed to administer injections and enema. Mr Rahman’s degree in pharmacy came handy in this situation. Mr Rahman followed the instructions given by Dr Dhir and did clinical examinations and administered injections . With in an hour a repeat link was established to check the condition and was found that Mr Biswas’s condition had stabilized.
According to Dr Ushast Dhir ,” The patient was not only given medical advice but Sir Ganga Ram Hospital also arranged and ensured that life saving medicines for one month reached the patient” .*
According to Dr D S Rana , Chairman (Board of Management) , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, ” Our hospital follows the ideals of Sir Ganga Ram who was always in forefront to help needy patients irrespective of distance, religion and their financial conditions. This was one more such step in that direction.”*
Rahman said “Without quick medical advice , my friend would have died . I wanted to help him as he has no one in the family who can take care of him, I am thankful to SGRH for giving medical help.”
Presently the patient has been stabilised and will be called to Delhi for further medical treatment once the situation stabilizes.