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Coronavirus Warrior: Hyderabad Doctor Treats COVID-19 Patients For Just Rs. 10

Dr Victor Emmanuel from Hyderabad treats people for various diseases like diabetes, cardiac-related issues, nerves-related issues and other general ailments

Coronavirus Warrior: Hyderabad Doctor Treats COVID-19 Patients For Just Rs. 10

Hyderabad: With an intention to provide treatment at an affordable price to the economically down classes of the society, a doctor in Hyderabad has been treating people by charging them just Rs 10. Since 2018, Dr Victor Emmanuel has been treating poor patients at his clinic in Boduppal in Hyderabad for Rs. 10. People with a white ration card or a food security card are charged this fee while soldiers are provided free treatment. Speaking to ANI, Dr Victor Emmanuel said, “I started this clinic with the sole purpose of serving the needy people and offering them an affordable treatment. Under this, we have identified few sections of society who are economically deprived groups and who hold food security cards or white ration cards. Apart from them, we provide the same service to farmers, acid attack victims, orphans, differently-abled people and even to jawans and their family members.”

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He also said that an effort is made to try to cut down the cost of various lab tests and medicines for the needy people. The doctor treats people for various diseases like diabetes, cardiac-related issues, nerves-related issues and other general ailments. While many private hospitals and clinics have been charging patients hefty amounts for treatment, Dr Victor has been treating COVID patients for Rs 10, providing them the required medication and helping them in home isolation. He said that currently they are treating over 100 patients per day and initially when the cases were surging, the clinic used to have a footfall of over 140 Covid patients.

Sometimes, we used to close the hospital at mid night and on a day-long duty, we used to treat over 140-150 patients. On average we look at over 100 patients currently, he said.

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He mentioned that over the last one year, they have treated over 20,000 to 25,000 Covid patients. Speaking up about financial management, Dr Victor Emmanuel said that initially they were hesitant to run a clinic by just charging Rs 10. However, as people started to identify with the cause behind starting this clinic, they started showing up and now the project is ‘for the patients and by the patients’. Dr Victor said that one particular incident has changed his perspective towards treating people.

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Once I saw a woman begging on the roads in front of a hospital so that she could buy medicines for her husband who was under treatment in the ICU of the hospital. This incident changed my life. That is when I have decided to serve the needy and poor. Throughout this journey till date, my friends and family, including my wife who herself is a doctor, have been supportive.

He further said that many people ask him why he doesn’t provide free treatment instead of charging Rs 10. To this Dr Emmanuel says,

I charge them Rs 10, because I don’t want the patients think that they are being given treatment out of someone’s mercy. This is to safeguard their self-respect. They walk in the clinic, pay Rs 10, get themselves checked and walk out happily without having a feeling that someone had shown mercy to them and their financial status.

He further said that during the pandemic, they are trying to feed the poor and needy under the banner of ‘Sneha Hastham’. He also said that they are about to open a charitable hospital to extend the Rs.10 treatment to a larger number of people.

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World

22,81,49,892Cases
19,07,93,163Active
3,26,71,167Recovered
46,85,562Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,81,49,892 and 46,85,562 have died; 19,07,93,163 are active cases and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 3:52 am.

India

3,34,48,163 30,773Cases
3,32,1588,481Active
3,26,71,167 38,945Recovered
4,44,838 309Deaths
In India, there are 3,34,48,163 confirmed cases including 4,44,838 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,32,158 and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,18,502 3,391

51,472 530

63,28,561 3,841

1,38,469 80

Kerala

44,88,813 19,325

1,81,411 8,084

42,83,963 27,266

23,439 143

Karnataka

29,67,083 889

15,783 205

29,13,713 1,080

37,587 14

Tamil Nadu

26,43,683 1,653

16,893 50

25,91,480 1,581

35,310 22

Andhra Pradesh

20,37,353 1,174

14,653 144

20,08,639 1,309

14,061 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,652 9

193 2

16,86,572 7

22,887

West Bengal

15,61,014 728

7,967 41

15,34,406 757

18,641 12

Delhi

14,38,469 41

404 3

14,12,980 44

25,085

Odisha

10,19,621 695

5,929 689

10,05,564

8,128 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,042 28

332 14

9,91,150 42

13,560

Rajasthan

9,54,246 8

102 2

9,45,190 10

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,715 13

143 11

8,15,490 24

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,386 6

97 12

7,81,772 18

10,517

Haryana

7,70,711 6

323 0

7,60,580 6

9,808

Bihar

7,25,881 10

65 0

7,16,158 10

9,658

Telangana

6,63,281 255

5,148 75

6,54,230 329

3,903 1

Punjab

6,01,236 30

316 7

5,84,453 23

16,467

Assam

5,97,709 365

5,063 102

5,86,856 465

5,790 2

Jharkhand

3,48,114 3

74 20

3,42,907 23

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,376 21

282 0

3,35,704 20

7,390 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,773 152

1,479 39

3,21,878 113

4,416

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,813 174

1,610 30

2,11,554 142

3,649 2

Goa

1,75,414 123

771 40

1,71,351 81

3,292 2

Puducherry

1,25,384 128

924 5

1,22,631 122

1,829 1

Manipur

1,18,261 140

2,180 92

1,14,251 228

1,830 4

Tripura

83,840 31

367 37

82,665 67

808 1

Meghalaya

79,325 119

1,876 76

76,075 192

1,374 3

Mizoram

79,171 1,104

14,456 161

64,456 938

259 5

Chandigarh

65,176 4

35 1

64,323 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,060 32

461 44

53,328 76

271

Sikkim

30,893 54

728 28

29,786 82

379

Nagaland

30,840 60

491 20

29,696 39

653 1

Ladakh

20,702

109 0

20,386

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

1 4

10,665 4

4

Lakshadweep

10,356

6 1

10,299 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,598 2

14 0

7,455 2

129

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