T for True Samaritan #AtoZChallenge
A common man.
A doctor by profession who studied hard to reach where he is today.
Dr. Ganesh Rakh is our next door guy. Simple, living his life, looking for a change in the way things are and willing to do his bit to make our society a better place. When the figures from 2011 census were disclosed, Ganesh realized the seriousness of the situation. There were just 914 girls for every 1000 boys under the age of seven.
Being a doctor and that too an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, he had seen how people wanted a male child. How people would be excited to know that a boy was born and would celebrate and share the joy. But when a girl was born, they would think of the little soul as a burden for life.
While the government initiated Save the Girl Child Campaign, Dr. Ganesh Rakh initiated his own in 2012 his hospital in Pune. In Marathi – Mulgi Vachva Abhiyan has till date done a lot of positive messaging and delivered girls for free.
Yes, you heard it right!
In this hospital, all charges are waived off if a girl child is born. The hospital staff quickly gets going and celebrates with cakes and flowers whenever a precious little angel steps into the world. Over the last four years, 464 girls have been born in his hospital and not a single penny has been charged.
In his own words, “I want to change attitudes – of people, doctors. The day people start celebrating a daughter’s birth, I’ll start charging my fee again. Otherwise, how will I run my hospital?”
This story made me smile. It told me that you don’t need big opportunities to make a difference. Small ones surround us every day and they have the potential to change the world one day.
I am blogging from A to Z during April and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts.