I recently read a report on The Daily Star titled, “Picking up where Baker left off” and I was immensely touched by it. Such a beautiful story truly serves as a strong means of inspiration. Dr Edric Sargission Baker from New Zealand established the Kailakuri Health Care Center in Madhupur upazila in 1996 to provided primary healthcare services to the poor for free, until he passed away on September 3, 2015, aged 75. Later in July 2018, Dr Jason Morgension and Dr Merindy Zoschke joined the facility as medical consultants to help continue the legacy of Dr Baker or better known as “Daktar Bhai”.
The fact that a foreigner from a faraway land had travelled to our country to provide medical care to the poor in remote villages and train the locals to assist him is highly commendable, and so is the voluntary support from the doctor couple who joined later. Wouldn’t it be great if we could establish more of such healthcare facilities in other rural regions? I mean we don’t need to wait for foreigners to assist us, I truly believe that we the citizens, can volunteer for such noble initiatives. Living in the metropolis, we are surely privileged but we should not forget that many people continue to suffer in the villages due to the lack of basic healthcare facilities. The least we can do is lend them a helping hand.
Naveen Islam, Bogura