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Village Doctor

Shaikh Mohiruddin | Khulna, Bangladesh

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The villages of Koyra region under Khulna district in the southern part of Bangladesh look like any other rural area in the country. But as this region is surrounded by the Sundarbans forest & lots of rivers, people have a very different lifestyle here.

Bangladesh is one of the health workforce crisis countries in the world. In the face of an acute shortage of trained professionals, ensuring healthcare for a population of 150 million remains a major challenge for the nation. For people living in the remote areas like Koyra, neighborhood  medical facilities provided by local village doctors are very important.

Dr. Hiranmoy Sarkar (65), known to local people as ‘Hira Doctor’, is one of the admired village doctors at Koyra region. His family has been serving the people of ‘Mothbari’ & ‘Maheshwaripur’ villages with medical treatment facilities for three generations.  Dr. Hiranmoy is a devoted follower of  Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.

There is no hospital near to the region. Therefore people call on to the village doctors such as Hira Doctor in case of any type of health crisis.

The villages of Koyra region under Khulna district in the southern part of Bangladesh look like any other rural area in the country. But as this region is surrounded by the Sundarbans forest & lots of rivers, people have a very different lifestyle here.

Bangladesh is one of the health workforce crisis countries in the world. In the face of an acute shortage of trained professionals, ensuring healthcare for a population of 150 million remains a major challenge for the nation. For people living in the remote areas like Koyra, neighborhood  medical facilities provided by local village doctors are very important.

Dr. Hiranmoy Sarkar (65), known to local people as ‘Hira Doctor’, is one of the admired village doctors at Koyra region. His family has been serving the people of ‘Mothbari’ & ‘Maheshwaripur’ villages with medical treatment facilities for three generations.  Dr. Hiranmoy is a devoted follower of  Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.

Hira Doctor begins his day very early in the morning. After necessary preparation he sets out for his patients on foot with two bags full of medical supplies & equipments & an umbrella in his hand. In this pursuit he use to walk about 10 to 15 kilometers everyday. Unless in case of emergency, he usually returns home in the afternoon.

There is no hospital near to the region. Therefore people call on to the village doctors such as Hira Doctor in case of any type of health crisis. Among the several village doctors in the region, Dr. Hiranmoy is the most popular & trustworthy among both men & women due to his modesty & dedication to his service.

His family consists of 5 members including his wife & 3 children. Besides medical practice, he is a great patron of religious activities.

1. My story idea is to focus the lifestyle & effort of the unknown village doctors who are contributing to alleviate the health crisis in the southern part of Bangladesh.

2. I have visited several times in this area. I have a friend named Omolesh in Mothbari who informed me about the village doctor.

3. I had a daily routine with a doctor. Hira doctor gave me the chance to observe his work. I have taken a lot of pictures there of his patients. That was a great experience and was a hard work for me to follow him who walks from 10 to 15 km a daily.

My photo shoot is on the doctor’s family, his activities, his patients, his religious activities, some shots of his village, local transport, portrait, night shot, in short his daily life.

4. I haven’t made any kind of staging, reconstruction confrontation, provocation or hidden record in my pictures.

5. I did not face any ethical challenges or dilemmas during my research, recording of my pictures and editing.

6. Somehow I feel if I would infuse more time  the project would have been better.

7. I plan to publish my reportage in international magazines & newspapers. I hope people who are interested in health crisis alleviation, human rights, social awareness, social justice will find this report helpful.

Email: mohirphoto@gmail.com

Call: +8801911295065

Web: www.shaikhmohiruddin.com

 

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