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First doctor of Indore who has been treating patients for free since 1948

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • August 10, 2017
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Dr Bhakti Yadav is Indore’s first woman MBBS graduate. At the age of 91, when almost everyone retires from their job, she continues to treat her patients – for free. A practice that she started in 1948. She has been conferred with the Padma Shri award this year. Known for her affectionate approach with patients, Dr Bhakti is hope for many to recover from their ailments.

Yadav, who was born on April 3, 1926, in Ujjain district is also known as Doctor Dadi. Yadav completed her schooling from Ahilya Ashram in Indore. She completed her MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in Indore in 1948. However, since the very beginning, she never used her qualification to get money. Meanwhile, her two doctor sons, Dr Chetan and his wife Dr Sunita Yadav and Dr Raman Yadav are now running the nursing home.

She refused to work in a government hospital and instead joined Nandlal Bhandari Maternity Home, which catered to the wives of poor cloth mill workers. For many decades, she headed the maternity home, and later, started her own nursing home, Vatsalya, in Pardeshipura area.  Yadav’s free of cost treatment attracts patients not only from MP but also from Rajasthan and Gujrat.

Yadav is currently bedridden after she fell down and suffered fractures. According to Yadav,”I am happy that everyone is happy (after the announcement of the award). What is important is that people get benefitted with my actions.” Yadav was inspired by her parents to serve the poor and strong support from her late husband and batch-mate Dr Chandra Singh Yadav.

A gynaecologist, Bhakti has treated a lot of patients ever since she became a doctor but she has never expected any remuneration. In today’s day and age, a rare gem like Bhakti Devi is truly inspirational! We salute her Passion to serve Humanity regardless of her age which is an Inspiration.

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