By:Mubashar Mashqoor Mir, Jammu : It can’t get healthier if your heart specialist himself has a heart of gold. If he can empathize and understand the state and concern of his patient suffering from a life threatening heart ailment. We the people of J&K, and Jammu in particular are blessed to have such a doctor in our vicinity.
Dr. Sushil.K.Sharma who presently serves as Head of Cardiology GMC Jammu is well known for his altruistic service and for his resolve towards improving the healthcare and awareness among the people of the state. Awarded by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir for his service, Dr. Sharma has been a portal in the introduction of advanced cardiac interventions in GMC Jammu. Under his headship the Cardiology Department has been visited by many reputed cardiologists of the world from time to time which has given a boost to the segment of Interventional Cardiology in Govt. Medical College Jammu. It is a result of his honest efforts that Cardiac Care Unit is nothing less than a feather in the cap of the prestigious institute.
Today when doctors are being constantly blamed for being money minded, Dr.Sushil Sharma has desisted from private practice and can be often seen conducting free heath camps in far-flung areas for the poor. When most others of his qualification and skill would have opted for a hefty package from a private Hospital outside our state or abroad, he chose to serve the needy.
”As they say one requires a heart of gold to stay away from the glint of money, Dr.Sharma is undoubtedly a doctor with a golden heart”.
I too had a personal experience to avail his services once when my father was diagnosed with a cardiac ailment, I was greatly enthused by his temperament, perseverance and the quickness with which the patients are managed. Like many others I too had experienced the difficulty that a person faces in a government hospital and honestly speaking I never expected such a gallant and prompt medical service.
During my stay in the CCU of the hospital I often saw Dr.Sharma visiting and conducting the ward rounds multiple times a day .He was the first person to rush back to the CCU even during late night hours if and when an emergency transpired. Extremely and equally helpful to the rich and poor, every patient had a story to tell about Dr. Sushil Sharma and one could feel the rectitude when they prayed for his wellbeing and success. It was inspiring to see him working continuously and managing time for rounds in between the interventional procedures that he did in the cath-lab.
Backed by an experienced and efficient supporting staff he in a way kick-started the era of interventional cardiology in Jammu where people earlier had to go outside the state for such procedures. Cardiac ailments are known for being quickly deteriorating, and availability of a proper cardiac intervention at a nearby place can be as good as a new life sometimes.
In these times when there is lack of proper infrastructure and opportunities for doctors in the government sector especially in our state in addition to that the better quality of life and better remuneration enjoyed by the doctors in the private sector are encouraging brain drain. Such doctors should be treasured and encouraged so that they continue their selfless service and at the same time inspire others to tread on the same path.
The message that the doctors need to carry home is that when a patient asks for your help, he asks for your attention, compassion, best possible application of your knowledge and skill and for a proper guidance and support. Just an enduring listening or an occasional succor can do wonders.
While at the same time the general public should also take into consideration the difficult working schedule of doctors and the excessive load on the hospitals. The belief of the nobility of this profession should be endorsed and we should refrain from generalization of the whole medical fraternity on the basis of a few black sheeps.