Every night, Gurmeet Singh arrives at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to serve food and provide medicines to patients at the lawaaris (Abandoned) ward. On his way to the hospital, he stops at a small eatery where he picks up food for the poor patients who have no one to look after them. Once he reaches the hospital ward, he washes his hands and begins serving food to the patients. When done serving food, he goes to every patient again, writes down the names of medicines that they have been prescribed and buys them with his own money. He has been doing this every day for more than 20 years now.
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.
He is to receive this year’s World Sikh Award in London for his philanthropist activity. But all he cares about is his abandoned friends, who with full stomachs and warm blankets are able to sleep peacefully at night. What an inspiration to Humanity! Salute !