Bhubaneswar, November 7: Like any other doctor, Omkar Hota must have also taken the Hippocratic Oath but the dedication with which he followed it was evident when the 31-year-old went out of his way to carry his patient, a woman who was bleeding profusely after delivering her child, to the nearest PHC. Hota, who carried his patient in a cot with the help of her husband, walked for 10 kms to reach the health centre!
Displaying an extraordinary act of humanity, Dr. Omkar Hota of Malkangiri not only managed to save his patient Subham Marse but also won many hearts in the process after the photo of him carrying the patient went viral on social media.
A week later, on Tuesday, Hota was conferred with the Utkalmani Gopobandhu Das award by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his exemplary commitment in walking an extra mile to bring health facilities to people in remote villages of Malkangiri.
It may be noted that it is for the first time from this year that the state government has decided to confer the Utkalmani Gopobandhu Das award to all those doctors, paramedical staff, individuals and organisations who make an extra effort to provide selfless health care to their patients. And, Dr. Hota has become the first doctor to receive this honour.
Overwhelmed with the recognition, Hota told My City Links, “I feel honoured to have received the award. I am glad that the government has dedicated an award, appreciating my work. I am confident I can motivate more people associated with the health sector to help all needy people in various remote areas of the state.”
Dr. Hota, who is currently the in-charge medical officer at Papulur PHC, is already being hailed as a real-life hero and a crusader for poor patients in remote areas for his selfless work.
Sharing about the entire incident, Hota said, “I was in the PHC attending my patients when in the afternoon of October 31, I received a call from a villager seeking my help for his pregnant wife who was experiencing labour pain. Immediately, I set off on my bike with my attendant towards Sarigeta to assist in the delivery of the baby. After reaching the village, we carried out the delivery procedure but immediately after the delivery, her condition deteriorated due to profuse bleeding. Her blood pressure dipped and she had a hemorrhage. We had no other option but to take her to nearest hospital for further treatment. Since we had no other option, so instead of wasting further time, we decided to carry her in a cot.”
“I am happy that that both mother and child are safe now,” he further added.
A native of Balangir district, Dr Hota is the elder son of Bishikeshan Hota and Tarulata Hota. For his selfless work, Omkar had also received the best doctor award of the district during Independence Day. His younger brother is currently undergoing Odisha police SI training in Bhubaneswar.