Hundreds of patients receive treatment and medicine from the camp
With the help of fellow doctors at the Manikganj 250-Bed District Hospital, every year Dr Lutfar Rahman organizes a day-long medical camp that gives away medicine and treatment to the poor.
Hundreds of poor patients of Shaheb-para village in Saturia upazila receive free medicine and care from expert doctors at the camp arranged in memory of late Ansar Ali, Dr Lutfur’s father.
On a visit to the camp on June 11, this correspondent found separate pavilions for specialized doctors, where patients are treated and given medicine for their respective health issues.
Doctors expressed pride in having the opportunity to treat the poor at the camp and praised Dr Lutfar who sources most of the medicine distributed on the spot.
The doctors treating patients in the camp are: medicine specialist Dr Manabendra Sarkar and Dr Rajib Biswas, gynaecologist Dr Farzana Rahman, child specialist Dr Humayan Kabir, and ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, Dr Khairul Bashar.
Dr Lutfar Rahman said he deeply feels the suffering of the poor who do not get proper treatment because of money which is why he decided to support the poor with free medicine and treatment.
"Apart from my own funds, I save medicine samples I get from pharmaceutical companies and the unconditional support from my colleagues to organize the camp," he added.
Dr Lutfar Rahman gained quite a popularity in his village because of his free medical support to thousands of villagers for the last six years.
Locals say, aside from organizing the camp, he is known for setting out to his village Shaheb-para in his leisure time and seeking out patients in need of treatment, or referring them to other specialists if needed.
A 60-year-old patient, Basiran Begum, said: "Lutfur Rahman is the doctor of the poor in Shaheb-para village. We receive free treatment and medicine when we visit him."
Another elderly patient, Abdur Rahim, 70, expressed the same sentiments and said Dr Lutfar has been treating them for around six years and patients in the village greatly benefit from his services.
Local heads in politics, press, and law enforcement visited the medicine camp and delivered speeches to encourage the selfless efforts of the doctors.