Issue Date: Nov 9, 2011
“We are doctors. When we see the children die, we don’t feel good. Please repair the monitors of ventilators,” pleads K P Kushwaha with the technician. Kushwaha is the head of paediatrics department and occupies a modest room in the Baba Raghav Das medical college in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. I notice the helpless look on the technician’s face. The senior doctor who has served in the hospital since his internship days knows that chances are bleak that the technician would receive money for the repair work. Nonetheless, he asks the young man to make a note of the payment.
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