For this doctor from Kaushambi, treating the underprivileged and the needy has become a way of life. Dr Subhash Goswami, an ophthalmologist who did his MS in ophthalmology from AIIMS, does consultation and treatment of eye disorders free of cost.
A retired practitioner, Dr Goswami has opened a clinic at Satpura Tower in Kaushambi where, every day, hundreds of patients from nearby Bhovapur village and other slum areas come to get their vision corrected for free. For Dr Goswami, his place of practice is not a mere clinic, but a medium to serve society.
“After I retired from professional consultancy in 2006, I have found solace in working for society. This way, I can also practise my profession as each day I learn something new. It fills my heart with contentment to be of service to someone without giving them the burden of paying me,” said the 70-year-old.
Even as people queue up outside his clinic to get their eyes examined, Dr Goswami welcomes them with a wide smile. Apart from testing their eyes and getting them spectacles made for free, he also educates them on how to take care of their eyes and vision.
“A cost of Rs 500-Rs1,500 involved in making spectacles is a huge amount for people who come to me. I have observed that in order to avoid this expense, they continue to harm their vision without getting it rectified. When such people come to me, I appreciate them on their awareness and also tell them to bring more such people to my clinic who might be suffering from weak vision,” he said.
Dr Goswami has worked in renowned organisations all over the world during his career. However, he says the most satisfactory work for him was to hold eye checkup camps in the country for the underprivileged.
“When I was in practice, I could not find time to dedicate my service full time to society. Hence, I used to hold free three-day eye checkup camps for the needy and get them glasses made,” Dr Goswami said.
According to patients who come to him to get their eyes tested, the word about Dr Goswami has spread through villages and slums.
“Since most of us are skilled labourers, we don’t find the need to get our vision rectified. But when someone told us that we can get ourselves spectacles made for free, I decided to get my eyes tested and came along with a neighbour who had the same problem,” said Geeta Devi, a patient at the clinic and resident of Bhovapur village.