A lady Ayush doctor, who served the tribals for over five years in remote and Maoist-affected villages of Nuapada district in Orissa with a monthly contractual salary of Rs 10,000, has made a fervent appeal to the chief minister Naveen Patnaik to save her life.
Pranati Barik, the 43-year-old lady doctor hailing from Puri, is suffering from severe heart ailments which require substantial amount money for advanced treatment.
According to family members of Pranati, she developed heart problem a year ago when she was posted at Timanpur in Nuapada district with. As the disease required regular treatment, she got transferred to her home district Puri and worked at Chhaitana Primary Health Centre under Gopa block.
However, she is no longer able to go to the PHC as she remains bed-ridden and survives on oxygen support.
Despite battling severe financial hardship, Pranati’s family members took her to a private hospital in Bengaluru last year where an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) was planted inside her chest. Unfortunately, that ICD has stopped working, causing serious breathing problems.
“Pranati’s family has already spend Rs 25 lakh for her treatment and they are no longer in a position to spend more money. They have sold out all their valuables,” said human rights activist Mr Akhand. [Source]