A 102-year-old Dr. Balwant Ghatpande became one of the Pune’s oldest Doctor On March 15, 2017, while celebrating his 102nd birthday.
He works tirelessly for about 10 hours a day daily in the week and charges just Rs 30 from his patients per visit. He has no plans of retiring.
He even ends up donating most of his earnings to charity.
Dr. Balwant Ghatpande told:
“UNTIL MY DEATH I WISH TO CONTINUETO PRACTICE MEDICINE, I PRAY THAT I SHOULD DIE WHILE WORKING IN THE DISPENSARY”.
“BEING A DOCTOR IS ONE OF THE MOST SPLENDID PROFESSIONS, WHERE YOU CAN DO THE HIGHEST SERVICE TO PEOPLE. IT GIVES HUMANITARIAN, AS WELL AS FINANCIAL SECURITY. I HAVE GOT EVERYTHING FROM THIS PROFESSION, FROM THE REPUTATION TO MONEY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE GOODWILL OF PEOPLE”.
Dr. Balwant Ghatpande’s grandson, Chaitanya Ghatpande, who is also a doctor, calls his grandfather as a ‘workaholic’ and said:
“YES, I’M A WORKAHOLIC AND PROUD ONE. I WORK OVER 10 HRS A DAY OF THE WEEK AND THAT ALSO DAILY.”
Balwant Ghatpande added:
“I DON’T LIKE TO SIT FREE AT ALL.”
When he is idle, the India’s oldest doctor either increases the knowledge of his field by reading medical newspapers or journals.
102-year-old Doc follows a healthy lifestyle…!!
He follows a strict routine daily whereby after waking up in the morning. Then he exercises for about 1 hour and read newspapers.
The secret of his Unblemished health….!!
While talking about his secret of his to be a secret of his perfect health, he shared that for the last many years he has been taking a cold water bath only.
A healthy lifestyle and diet have kept him away from a doctor. Could it be the “An apple a day” theory?.
He has never visited another doctor for any illness…!!
Except for a fracture in 1995, Dr. Balwant Ghatpande claims that he had never visited another doctor for any type of illness.
His son Sawanand Ghatpande told:
“HE HAS NO OTHER INTEREST EXPECT HIS PRACTICE, THAT IS HIS PASSION.”
Ghatpande started his career in 1941…!!
Doctor Ghatpande have begun his career in the year 1941.
Rajpathak Ghanasham, a loyal patient who has been going to the Balwant Ghatpande’s dispensary for the last 35 years, said:
“I TRUST HIM 101% AS A DOCTOR. THE UNIQUE THING ABOUT HIM IS THAT HE WORKS ON SYMPTOMATIC TREATMENT, WHERE HE MANUALLY CHECKS THE PATIENT’S UNLIKE TODAY’S DOCTORS. ALSO, HE CHARGES MEAGRE AMOUNT FROM HIS PATIENTS.”
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