He has been doing this every day for more than 20 years now.
According to media, it all started two decades ago when a woman selling plastic bags approached him with her badly scalded boy. He took them to the hospital only to realise that there was no one to treat the child as the doctors were on strike. The condition of the ward was pathetic and the poor were the worst affected. So, he decided to do something about it and started buying them food and medicines. Gurmeet Singh has donated his blood on multiple occasions as well. Now that his doctors have dissuaded him from donating any more blood, his relatives and family join forces to do the needful.
According to media, hospital authorities restricted his entry on two occasions in the past for fear of bad publicity. But incumbent District Magistrates intervened both the times and he resumed his service.
Unsurprisingly, patients say that Singh is “like God”. All too often, he is the only ray of light in their lives. Conditions in the PMCH ward are appalling, care is negligible and the patients are very poor. “There were no signs of a doctor or nurse in the ward which was stinking with streams of urine and pale blood on the floor,” reported media.
According to media, when patients recover, they are either sent to rehab homes or they go back to the street – from where they usually come.
Gurmeet Singh hasn’t left Patna in the past 13 years because, he told media, he cannot “abandon the abandoned”.
However, on 19 November, Singh, who is 60 years-old, will be felicitated with a World Sikh Award in London for his service to destitute patients. He has been picked out of a 100 contenders from all over the world for the ‘Sikhs in Seva’ category, by a London based organisation called, The Sikh Directory.
Now, the messiah of the abandoned is plagued by two worries — who will take care of the patients when he is in London and how will he cope there as he does not speak English.