Saturday, August 11, 2018
He started this service on August 15, 1973. The queue of patients from rural areas has only grown at what has come to be known as the ‘world’s longest-serving free clinic’. But now, it is facing a financial crunch.
Medicines are expensive, but the good doctor provides them to his patients free of cost. “I incur expenses of up to `1,50,000 every week. It is becoming difficult to manage. My friends keep helping me now and then,” he says. Dr Rao has now started a crowd-funding through Milaap. “It will be of great help if people donate for the initiative. They will help treat rural patients and the money will go towards buying them medicine,” he says.