To beat effects of demonetization, doctor couple offered free treatment

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Pune – At a time when people were grappling with the effect of demonetization following ban on old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, a doctor couple from Pune had put balm on people’s pocket by offering  medical services free of cost.

Dr Prakash Waykar and his wife Dr Arti Waykar who run the Sulochan clinic in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar locality of Upper Indiranagar in Bibvewadi offered free services throughout the month of November.

Dr Waykar took the decision for free medical services after being moved by the plight of  woman who had been running around for change of Rs 500 so that she can purchase milk for her child.

“She had been to many shops but nobody gave her the change. When she approached me I gave the change money and realised what people were going through in the absence of cash. Therefore, I consulted my wife about not charging any fee from the patients. Initially she was a little hesitant but later supported me wholeheartedly”, Dr Waykar said.

Many pharmaceutical companies gave medicines which were distributed among the patients. There were many people who didn’t want free services and insisted on paying. They were asked to deposit the amount in a donation box and it will be used for purchasing warm clothes for children of an orphanage.

Son of an Army man, Dr Waykar left architecture course and studied medicine on the advice of his mother. After that he set up the clinic in Upper Indiranagar and also runs a de-addiction centre which has helped many families in the area in the last 14 years.