For some, humanity is their biggest religion. Iqbal Ahmed of Uttarakhand appears to be its embodiment. This doctor and IAS officer has turned an inspirational example for others to emulate here by offering free of cost medical attention to patients.
Currently posted as district magistrate in Uttarakhands Champawat district, Ahmad treats his patients without charging anything.
He says he always dreamt of doing the same but was not able to do so as he didnt have formal registration number.
After a long wait of eight years, finally in September last year, he was cleared by Uttarakhand medical council. It paved this way for him to practice as a doctor.
His noble cause has been earning him accolades from fellow doctors, serving in the area. He has come as a boon to those, who can hardly afford costly medical service.
Ahmed, who cleared the tough IAS exams in 2010, believes that one has responsibility towards the society which helps one to grow as a better human being.
His selfless service, residents believe, will encourage other doctors to provide free medical consultancy to less privileged patients in the State
Reports say that Uttarakhand faces massive shortage of about 60 per cent doctors. The State has only 1, 000 doctors against the requirement of around 2,700 doctors.