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Dr R Kumar: The doctor who prescribed health-mindedness

Harvinder Khetal

Within the passing away of Dr R Kumar, the voice that amplified nagging medical points in easy phrases in lots of English and Hindi newspapers and different public fora has been silenced. A watch specialist having labored with the PGI, Chandigarh, Dr Ram Kumar was a prolific author and creator of many medical books.

A powerful proponent of practising a wholesome life-style to nip illness within the bud, in his later years, he had floated the Society of Moral and Reasonably priced Well being Care (SPEAK) to espouse this passionate perception and to serve the neighborhood. As its president, he organised many seminars to unfold the significance of what he by no means uninterested in emphasising: “Imagine in well being care, not medical therapy. Don’t be medical minded, be well being minded.”

His abiding prescription to all sufferers was to work in direction of rooting out the reason for the sickness, relatively than simply treating the signs with drugs and potions. No marvel he laid stress on preferring on preventive care and vaccine over healing drugs. His day by day routine of taking a stroll and consuming easy meals and main a disciplined life mirrored what he preached. It helped. Even at 75, he was agile and dealing.

I used to be lucky to affiliate with him in his seminars held within the tricity and benefited immensely from the insightful and professional opinions disseminated therein. The one which stands out prominently is the candid dialogue laying naked the underbelly of India’s pharmaceutical trade as additionally the use and abuse of medication. The opposite one was on the well being hazards of air pollution.

Dr R Kumar could be a well-known determine to The Press Reporter readers. He has been an everyday contributor of particular articles for over 20 years. At all times keen to coach the general public on a large ranging problems with health and wellness – from fat to euthanasia, eye illnesses to TB and hospital infections – his astute observations lent nice worth to our pages. Previously few years, as I dealt with the Oped web page, he has been one of many go-to authorities on medical matters. Keen as a brisker, he would usually lay out 5 concepts without delay, making my activity of selecting one tough as all of could be attention-grabbing. Ever for the reason that pandemic broke out, he has unravelled so many facets of the coronavirus, Covid, therapy and vaccines.

Sadly, it was problems as a result of virus that in the end claimed his life. One among his final messages on Fb on Could 7 poignantly revealed his standing: ‘Corona jaane ka naam nahi lai rahi, mujhe bhi hasptal mein gher rakha hai, good needs from all of you please.” He battled the illness for a few month earlier than succumbing to it on Could 30. Hailing from a village in Kaithal, Haryana, he studied MBBS from Authorities Medical Faculty, Patiala. He’s survived by his spouse, son and grandson.

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