Bhatkal doctors succeed in bringing Kundapur-based paralysed patient from Saudi Arabia to India

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Quazi | Published on 26th March 2021, 5:53 PM | Coastal News |

Bhatkal: A Kundapur-based resident Chandra Shekhar Panduranga Sarang was hospitalized in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the past three and a half months after suffering a stroke. Due to paralysis, Chandra Shekhar is unable to move his limbs or body. Upon learning his condition, doctors and social workers from Bhatkal and Murdeshwar, residing in Saudi Arabia took a great interest in the matter and arranged for the patient to be repatriated and hospitalized on humanitarian grounds.

It may be recalled that four years ago, Dr Zaheer Kola (Dentist) took great interest in bringing a similar Bhatkali patient named Abu Bakar from Dammam to India, and was successful in bringing him Bhatkal.

Now, Dr Zaheer Kola from Bhatkal was also interested in bringing back Chandra Shekhar of Kundapur. Dr Zaheer Kola along with Dr Wasim Mani, Waqas Ruknaddin, Fauzan Baidkal, Ishtiaq Armar and Dr Bekal, who are based in Saudi Arabia, and other social workers made a full and successful effort.

It may be recalled that the people of Bhatkal and Murdeshwar have been very active in bringing back such patients on humanitarian grounds while no special action has been taken by the Indian Embassy in this regard. Even contacting the Foreign Ministry has not worked in this case.

When Dr Bekal of Padubidri brought patient Chandra Shekhar to Mangaluru airport, Dr Zaheer Kola, Syed Abul Ali and many others were present at the airport to receive him. Chandra Shekhar was then taken to AJ Hospital in Mangalore where he was admitted for treatment.

After getting into trouble abroad as an Indian citizen, the patient had the right to go ahead and ask the Indian embassy to send him back to India. But it is learned that no action has been taken by the Indian embassy in this regard. After which this responsibility was taken up by private individuals who are aware of social services. This humanitarian service without any religious or social discrimination is certainly commendable. 

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