Dr. Pijush Sarkar
Pijush Sarkar, 78, a former Director of the School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata and his wife Krishna, 72, who served Govt. of West Bengal for 38 years & retired as Assistant Director of Health Services, are ‘Dadu’ and ‘Didima’ (grandpa and grandma) for thousands of villagers in a 50-km radius of Amader Haspatal. With the retirement proceeds, Dr. and Mrs. Sarkar and the funds from their friends, they build a small clinic Amader Haspatal (Our Hospital) and a Quack training centre with residential quarter in the remote village Phulberia, approx. 30 kms from Bankura town. They live there to provide healthcare service to the people at a price they can afford for nearly 300 days in a year, with ten days’ vacation during the Durga Puja when they travel to their second home in Kolkata.
Dr. Prabir Chatterjee
After doing his MD in Community Medicine from CMC, Vellore, Prabir began training village level workers. During 1986 he worked in Tirupattur and Yelagiri areas. Back in West Bengal, he trained health workers in Santal Parganas, Purba Burdwan, Uttar Dinajpur and Chhattisgarh over the years. His primary focus area in rural healthcare service had been for the early detection, prevention and cure of Tuberculosis, Malaria and Kala Azar. He has worked in Childhood Immunization and Maternal Health for over 30 years, including 4 years as Polio Surveillance Officer (Godda- Jharkhand) and 6 years as District Immunization Consultant (UNICEF- West Bengal). Prabir has joined Amader Haspatal in June 2020 as a physician and trainer.
Dr. Sangita Nair
A family practitioner by profession, Sangita is settled in a remote village in the tribal belt of Ranibandh block in Bankura district for last 25 years. She believes in rational medical practice and her aim is to treat her patients with minimum investigations and low-cost medicines. She also takes part in health education and awareness programme in neighbouring villages from time to time. She is associated with Paschim Banga Kheria Sabar Kalyan Samity as a consultant for last 16 years and counts the marginalised Sabars a part of her family. She gets her inspiration from the immense love showered on her by her countless patients and her great Sabar family. As a former student of Dr Sarkar, she made her teacher to open the gates of Amader Haspatal for her family members.
Sri Prasad Dasgupta
Prasad Dasgupta, born in 1964, spent his childhood and early school days in the Majhira Ashram. He is a member of a freedom fighter & social worker family – his grandfather, Rishi Nibaran Chandra Dasgupta was the initiator of non-violent freedom movement in Purulia, erstwhile Manbhum district and became a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi in freedom movement.
After completing his school education in Yogada Mission School, he moved to Kolkata for Graduation and Post-Graduation in Journalism. He started working in a Marathi daily “Sakal” as their West Bengal correspondent. But after 2/3 years of working in the field of journalism he opted to work in Singhbum district in then Bihar for Cultural rejuvenation and awareness building in the tribal community under a youth organisation PORK, as an apprentice. He continued there for almost five years, while he had practical trainings in Rural development.
Finally, Prasad decided to take over the charge of Majhihira National Basic Educational Institution (MNBEI) from his father who was getting old and was not feeling comfortable with the new generation’s rural development concept.