Pappu Yadav turned his large Delhi bungalow into a health facility where poor patients from Bihar as also elsewhere throng for treatment
In these times when politics is often taken as a means to mint money a Member of Parliament from Bihar Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has turned his official residence in New Delhi’s Central vista into a virtual hospital with quite a few wards that cater to the needs of poor patients coming from far off places.
Patients from not only Bihar but also elsewhere can be found either waiting for treatment by specialists from Delhi’s reputed hospitals, or recuperating, or convalescing in his sprawling bungalow at Balwant Rai Mehta Lane in Lutyens Delhi.
And, thus, in this hospital of sorts patients with diseases like cancer, jaundice or liver disorder, arthritis, heart trouble, paralysis, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, dehydration, chronic fever, tuberculosis, diabetes, physical disabilities and deformities, besides pains of varied sorts look for treatment and recovery.
The MP helps these patients to get appointment with suitable or expert doctors spread over Delhi’s government hospitals as well as private hospitals depending upon the ailment or the case for proper diagnosis and the treatment that it may warrant.
The hospitals from where these patients get their treatment or advice for this include All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjang, Ram Manohar Lohia, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Lal Bahadur Shastri and GB Pant. These are besides private hospitals like Sir Ganga Ram, Apollo, Fortis, and Max. Hundreds of patients are advised to consult the doctors according to their needs every day. To ensure that the patients are not inconvenienced, Rajesh Ranjan has appointed about a dozen employees to supervise this work. The MP says that in order to get some positive work done in life and to use the large flat for a good and worthwhile purpose, he has been doing this work for the past twenty years. He does not care about the expenses and he views the work as a mission of his life. He has made another similar mini-hospital in the capital of his home State, Patna, where again all facilities are being provided. Employees from the large hospitals in Patna treat hundreds of people in a similar manner.
There are about 20 large rooms at his residence in Delhi. In addition to the rooms provided by the government, a few rooms have been built by the MP himself. There is arrangement of toilets, electricity and fans. Information about the patients’ condition is gathered from every patient both in the morning and evening. As soon as the MP gets the opportunity, he himself visits the patients and discusses their illness.
The MP also visits hospitals in Delhi. During the time of rise in cases of dengue and chikungunya in Delhi he visited many hospitals and directed the hospital staff to treat patients with care and compassion. There are many patients from his home district as also from all districts of Bihar. Besides these many patients from other states of the country also come and given a place to stay at his residence.
At present, patients like Motilal Kaisar from Madhubani, Asharfi Mandal from Supaul, Motilal from Motihari, Laxman Yadav, Laltu, Raju from Madhepura are housed at his residence. Some of them are suffering from as serious an ailment as cancer. Banarsidas from Chauseya Lauvalgam in Madhepura in Bihar has been living in the improvised health facility for months for the treatment of a strange disease afflicting veins.
Lakshman Yadav from Katihar is an orthopaedic patient while Supaul’s 61-year-old Priyavastha Paswan is suffering from fluid accumulation in the back. Sixty-four-year-old Ramji Shah of Madhepura Chausa suffers from piles. Amarkant from Ranipur in Bhagalpur is anaemic and Sanju from Murliganj has come to the MP to get his child treated.
Kamla Devi from Hajipur, Vaishali, is troubled by her husband’s veins disease and Badri Yadav from Purnia needs to get his eyes treated. Sunil Deepak from Saharsa, Pramod Rai from Chausa, Sudheer Pandit and Anil Bhagat from Madhepura are suffering from lever problems. Shivnarayana from Saraigarh in Supaul has bowel problem and Saharsa’s Pramod Rai has kidney problem. Other patients include Raman Rakesh Rajiv from Rupauli, Purnea, Vinod from Bhagalpur, suffering from a hole in the heart. Harivansh from Sarasia is paralysed and Madhubani’s Deo Pandit, Nasir Ansari and Alauddin too have come for their treatment. Dhanik Lal from Dhurbilas, Purnea, is being treated for mouth ulcer for the last three months. Thirty-year-old Ranjit is being treated for fluid accumulation in the lungs. There are about five hundred such patients receiving treatment with the help of the MP.
Rajesh Ranjan has for long been in politics. He has launched his ‘Janadhikar (or Peoples Rights) Party’. He has won elections from Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul, and Purnea. His wife Ranjita Ranjan is also a member of the Lok Sabha from Supaul in Bihar. She stays in Delhi in a nearby bungalow.
Her husband says that if such a huge house is allotted to the MPs, they can use it for some good work or social service. “Only one room is sufficient for me, the other rooms are for the people. I do not want to rent out the place or open a business office. I have been serving the society since childhood, and I will continue to serve the common people in the same way irrespective of ups and downs in my life. This is my main purpose. If the common people have been brought me here, then my whole life should be dedicated to them,” says Rajesh Ranjan.
In times when chikungunya and dengue fever were rampant in Delhi many patients suffering from these or other serious diseases could not find place in Delhi’s hospitals. And, thus, the MP offered them help by providing a bed in his house-turned-hospital. This deserves to be emulated by other MPs while the government should take a note of this.
More so since about half-a-dozen cooks are busy preparing food in morning and evening for the poor patients and about a dozen or so volunteers prepare a list of those arriving for treatment from remote areas of the country. The volunteers record the diseases the patients suffer from and write letters to the directors and administrators of Delhi’s main hospitals. This work goes on from morning to late nights and sometimes an ambulance is required in the night to send patients to proper hospitals. Medical superintendents of most hospitals know that they have to treat patients staying in the MP’s house.
The house is equipped with fridge, TV and always has usual medicines like pain killers. Financial assistance too is provided in deserving cases. Some of the patients stay in the facility for weeks while other may take months. All the patients are treated with warmth and politeness. This serves as a great emotional support amid otherwise daunting circumstances.
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