Sharmili Mallick

Balasore: A doctor is always a glimmer of hope in the darkness for patients but for people of Soro, Sukanta Kumar Sahoo is much more.

A doctor of Soro Govt hospital in Balasore, Sukanta 's selfless acts for upliftment of local divyang and underprivileged people especially kids have been winning hearts of people in the region.

Apart from carrying out his duties, Sukanta along with his medical team visits Bhagabata Institute for Mentally & Physically Handicapped situated at tribal-dominated Gopinathpur village on the foothills of Devgiri, around 15 kilometres away from Soro to treat the divyang inmates of the institute without charging a penny.

Apart from free consultations and medicines, Sukanta also distributes food and clothes among the challenged children at the institute.

“He (Sukanta) is next to God for us. He not only provides free treatment and medicines, but also brings food and clothes for the inmates of the institute,” said a villager, Sanjeev Kumar Nayak.

“His gesture and noble deeds have raised the bar of humanity. He visits the institute every month once or twice and examines the children. Besides, whenever he is contacted in case of any health emergency of any inmate, he immediately rushes for treatment,” informed the care taker of Bhagabata Institute for Mentally & Physically Handicapped, Sumitra Mani Khuntia.

“There are doctors who do not treat or even prescribe medicines without money but Sahoo, who comes from over 15 kilometres to treat the children, defines his profession and restores faith on humanity. We are obliged for his selfless service,” a villager of Gopinathpur, Sadhyarani Satapathy said.

Apart from the locals, the report of the charitable deed of Sukanta has also ushered praises on him from all around the State and outside, thanks to social media.

On his gesture of good will, Sahoo said, “There are many children in the institute who are physically and mentally challenged. As the institute is located some 15 kilometres away from Soro Hospital, I feel the children are often deprived of good treatment. Therefore, we frequently organise free medical camps. I will be serving them till my death.”

“I feel contented in helping people,” added a smiling Sahoo.