Covid-19 Treatment is Unaffordable for the Poor. For Them, Surat Man Has Opened a Free-of-Cost Facility

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Covid-19 Treatment is Unaffordable for the Poor. For Them, Surat Man Has Opened a Free-of-Cost Facility

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

The pandemic has put a lot of strain on our country’s healthcare system, with well over a million cases recorded since the coronavirus outbreak in February.

After experiencing this first hand, when he was hospitalised for Covid-19 a month ago, one Surat-based businessman has decided to give back.

Soon after he was discharged, 63-year-old Kader Shaikh, a recent report said, decided to convert his sprawling 30,000 square-foot office space into a coronavirus facility, equipped with 83 beds and oxygen tanks.

All treatment at this facility will be provided free of cost, according to The Indian Express, a call that the Surat businessman took after spending lakhs of rupees on his own treatment. The hospital was named “Hiba”, after his granddaughter.

“I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth… I also faced financial problems in earlier days and I worked hard… Now I am financially sound. So I thought of lending a helping hand to the needy during this pandemic,” Shaikh was quoted as saying.

“A kitchen and dining area also have been made ready. We are also planning to provide cooks and take care of daily food needs of patients.”

The district health administration confirmed in the newspaper on Wednesday that the hospital would start functioning in the next few days, and that a team had visited the premises to inspect the arrangements.

The Surat businessman’s act of goodwill, meanwhile, has earned him praise on social media, with many noting that he had given the country hope in these dark times.

And indeed, with the country struggling to keep coronavirus cases to a minimum, and lockdowns being extended in most cities, this act will certainly go a long way. At the rate 2020 is going, it’s clear that we’re going to need all the corona warriors we can get.

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