Sanduk Ruit – Eye Doctor Who Restored Vision of 100,000 Poor Patients for Free.

In an unprecedented approach towards alleviating the austere conditions of the people of lakh, Dr. Sanduk Ruit has channeled his expertise and efforts towards healing the eyesight of thousands of individuals in the region who suffer various forms of blindness.

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Thousands of people make their way to the miracle doctor on Nepal’s mountainous trails to get their eyes checked. Dr. Ruit is an ophthalmologist with a holistic dedication towards eradicating the scourge of blindness which is pervasive in poor areas and third world countries.  Over the years, Dr. Ruit’s active involvement in the struggle to eliminate blindness has been nothing short of gallantry with an individualistic effort that has returned the sight of thousands of blind people. His contributions to the cause have propelled him to the forefront, earning him an excellent reputation on a worldwide.

The drive and passion of Dr. Ruit have engendered lots of attention worldwide. His efforts have snowballed into the creation of many documentaries and movies that demonstrate his unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people. Dr. Ruit has also been accorded with many awards not just as an eye surgeon but as a trainer of surgeons with an altruistic drive to bettering the lives of people.

Over the years Dr. Ruit has cured the sight of 100,000 people which is undoubtedly a herculean feat and the product of self-sacrifice and genuine concern for the plight of individuals. In an interview with New York Times, Dr. Ruit reveals how he began his journey towards becoming an ophthalmologist and some of the factors that influenced his decision growing up. He explained that he was motivated to become an eye specialist when he saw how well a cataract surgery improved the life of people. More so, his decision was reinforced by an experience where the right treatment restored a lady’s sight and the impact it had on her and her child. As a teacher, Dr. Ruit is also motivated by being able to communicate his expertise with other surgeons while empowering them with relevant skill and training to heal the sight of many.

When asked about are formative years and the challenges he endured growing up, Dr. Ruit talked about the positive impact of all that he underwent growing up in hardship. Dr. Ruit talked about how the hardship he faced contributed tremendously to building his strength and forbearance while positioning him with an unshakable dedication to be relevant in the society. Some of the many difficulties Dr. Ruit has encountered in the pursuit of better eyesight in Nepal and many other regions mostly encompassed issues with trustworthiness, the absence of relevant resources and the inadequate technology.

Naturally, there is the issue of distrust which pervasive in the filed on account of the fact that Dr. Ruit is not from some of the advanced nations of the world. When asked about the doubt and disbelief he faces from professionals from technologically and economically advanced nations, Dr. Ruit gave a flashback, recounting his earliest years in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Ruit talked about the general perception about offering quality health care in a backward society.  Quite frankly it is a daunting task. However, Dr. Ruit fought to provide quality eye health care to overcome the challenges while offering affordable health care to thousands of people. Dr. Ruit has not only overcome the difficulties that come with delivering quality eye health care in an unindustrialized society, but he has also flawed the stereotype and doubt about the efficacy of health care that is prevalent amongst Western specialists about the practice medicine in less developed nations.

When Dr. Ruit was asked during his interview session with the New York Times about the commendation and recognition that he received from Kim Jong-Il owing to his operations in North Korea, he made it abundantly clear that he has no political affiliations. He also made it clear that he was not an activist while declaring his holistic and unwavering commitment to fight against blindness. He went on to talk about his involvement in the standardization of eye health care which has led him to many relegated countries of the world that are greatly affected by the scourge of blindness.

So far, Dr. Ruit has accomplished a great feat in his pursuit with a commendable number of doctors being trained and an equally impressive rate of successful eyesight restoration. More so, Dr. Ruit stated that they have been able to establish a system that allows for continuity in the program with more and more doctors being trained.

On the broader subject of quality health care, Dr. Ruit talked about his conviction in the provision of top quality, preventive and curative health for everyone. Nonetheless, he expressed his sadness about the level of inequality amongst nations and how it has affected the quality of health care.

When asked about which model of health care he thinks is ideal and sustainable, Dr. Ruit talked about the role of responsible governance which is lacking in many nations of the world. He underscored the importance of responsible and accountable governance in ensuring quality health care. Given the situation above, Dr. Ruit proposed a public-private partnership which would allow both private sector and government to shoulder the responsibility of heath care in the country. Dr. Ruit maintains that this arrangement would eliminate every limitation to quality health care service in less developed countries. He also stressed the need for innovative business models to be introduced that would be beneficial to everybody.

On the issue of medicine in India about the educational system which has deterred many potential students from getting involved in the profession Dr. Ruit, said that it would be impossible to engender a rapid change in the state of Indian medicine. However, he stated there is a gradual progression towards digitalization.

Dr. Ruit gave his words of advice and encouragement to medical students in South Asia and lakh which was centered on a realization of the importance of their role in the society and the importance of developing a perception and attitude of service to the society. He talked about his altruistic motivation towards the betterment of the society through medicine and expressed optimism that other medical students follow his path.

References:

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/opinion/sunday/in-5-minutes-he-lets-the-blind-see.html?_r=0

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/14/world/asia/nepal-eye-doctor/

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