Dr. K Rajashekhara (1952)
All the time surrounded by his poor and economically down trodden patients, always busy in diagnosing the disease and the causes for ailments with a motto to serve the people and try to see a line of smile on them. He is none other than Dr. Rajashekhar, who is serving the poorest of the poor for the last 37 years.
Rajashekhar was born on 13th Feb 1952 in Bellary to Sri K. Doddana Gowda and Smt.K Hanumakka. He has three brothers and a sister. He studied in Kannada medium at Heerada Sugamma Primary School, high school at St.John’s, Bellary and passed his matriculation at the age of fourteen. After completing his intermediate course at Setra Gurushantappa P.U. College, he joined B.Sc course with Zoology major and Chemistry minor. On securing his B.Sc Degree from Veerasaiva College, he enthusiastically joined MBBS course at Sri Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugarajendra Medical College, Davanagere,Karnataka. Soon after his completion of his medical course in 1976, he started his favourite profession in 1977. Since then, he never looked back in his profession by successfully treating lakhs of poor and needy people.
An inborn doctor, Sri K. Rajashekhar, who has completely dedicated his life for this noble profession. He is always a calm personality and greets with a light smile whoever approaches him. He is well known among his colleagues, patients, friends and relatives for his simplicity and down to earth practices. He is a good physician and an expert in diagnosing all kinds of ailments, equally wise in prescribing best drugs available for cheaper prices in the market. Every day, he treats more than hundred patients round the clock, people not only from Bellary city visits him but also from surrounding 50 to 60 remote villages of Bellary and border villages of Andhra Pradesh comes for his medical and humane treatment.
Recollecting his experiences, with great calm Dr. Rajashekhar, went on narrating the things to the author about the incidents, when he was living at Kambli bazaar, Bellary. He used to attend the emergency patients, whoever knocks the door of his house even at midnights. This midnight emergency services, went on not for a day or two, neither for a year or two, but it continued for almost two decades! When I asked him “weren’t you annoyed by this kind of uninvited midnight emergency treatments"? His reply was very simple and profound, "my profession is like this and I should attend such emergency calls, after all it is a question of life and death of my patients”.
This nobel man, Rajashekar has a small and happy family. He expresses his deep sense of gratitude to his life partner Smt.Rathna for her never tired and retired services, encouragement and accomplishment. Two daughters Smitha and Ashwini are software engineers who equally fell proud of their father and to his noble commitment to the poor and down- trodden people.
Farmers, labourers, richshaw pullers, tea vendors, hawkers, vegetable sellers, house maids, street cleaners, petty shopkeepers all straight away rush to this great man at the time of their ill health. Majority of them believe that he has born to address their aliments and to wipe out their pains and tears! Many of his close associates are in the opinion that "in place of Dr. Rajashekhar, if somebody were there then, they would have been running three to four nursing homes and made money in an unimaginable way”
Expressing his thoughts Rajashekhar opines that the new generation doctors, rule out the diseases rather than diagnosing them. The slow fall down of the clinical diagnosis among the doctors of younger generation, is a matter of great concern, he regrets. Maximum benefits and treatments should be given at the clinic only and one has to avoid unnecessary hospitalization, this is his firm belief. He recollects that, he is treating a HIV Patient for the past 37 years and even today, the patient is doing well. Out of his vast experiences, he has proved that epilepsy and paralysis can also be treated at the clinical level without hospitalization. He is of the fixed opinion that, doctors should be judicious in prescribing the drugs; Knowledge is ever growing, acquiring it by learning and practicing is a never ending process.
Rajashekhar has a good habit of reading new edition medical text books and articles in the medical magazines. He constantly updated his knowledge and is ever ready to give of his best to the needy people. Quacks and quackery is highly condemnable, people should never encourage such unethical and dangerous practices, he cautions! During his beginning days of his profession, he was an active member of lions club and conducted many free health check up camps on behalf of the club. He almost served the club for a decade i.e. from 1977 to 1987, and played a pivotal role in giving good programmes to the people of Bellary. Since 1977, he is an active member of Indian medical associations (IMA). He was affectionately honored by IMA in 2008, on the occasion of Doctors' day.
This humble man Dr. Rajashekhar expresses his sincere gratitude to his senior doctors, for their moral support and encouragement. His piece of advice to the junior doctors is to do hard work, exhibit sincerity in work and be patient towards the patients. One final comment from him was, that he has no regrets for his profession and he expresses his complete satisfaction for whatever he has done from his true and sincere mind with a loving heart!