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To Thalassemics In Orissa, Mishra Is The Lifeline

To Thalassemics In Orissa, Mishra Is The Lifeline
To Thalassemics In Orissa, Mishra Is The Lifeline
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He is dismissed by many as a crank, an eccentric and a publicity seeker. His untiring efforts to clean up the blood banks of Bhubaneswar haven't even earned him a promotion. He'll retire in two years with nothing but a paltry pension and a dream to his credit. To most, Dr R.P. Mishra is merely the doctor in charge of the city's Municipal Hospital blood bank. But to the 500-odd thalassemics in Orissa, he's the lifeline. This square stodgy man is hardly the stuff dreams are made of. But Mishra hasn't only dreamt big dreams; he has realised some.

When Mishra was posted at the Municipal Hospital blood bank in '93, things couldn't have been worse. Like the majority of blood banks in Orissa, it was badly run, ill-equipped and unsafe. Professional donors ruled the roost. Its total funds stood at Rs 967. No doctor wanted to sacrifice his career by taking on the mess. Mishra, who had completed a month's training in operating blood banks at the scb Medical Hospital in Cuttack, was asked by the chief medical officer to take over.

With an impeccable record, he was the best...

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