A tribal doctor’s tireless trek to treat patients -T Appala Naidu
Korra Bhagavan sometimes walks 10 km to the most remote areas to attend to the sick in Red corridor
VAKULURU (EAST GODAVARI): Deep inside Maoist territory along the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), a doctor from the Bagata tribe, Korra Bhagavan, makes the arduous trek across the forests with unfailing regularity, come rain or shine.
His mission? Ensure that tribals living in the most remote, inaccessible villages get medical treatment in their hour of need.
Having migrated from Araku Valley many years ago, Mr. Bhavagan has been practicing Ayurveda for the past decade or so. He was trained by his guru Vantada Suggu and is known for his traditional medicinal knowledge.
He lives in Godugu Maamidi village in Koyyuru mandal in the Visakha Agency, which shares a border with Maredumill forests in East Godavari Agency.
On July 13, this correspondent met Mr. Bhagavan while the latter was on his way to a patient’s house at Chetlavada, a Konda Reddy tribe’s hill in the Maredumilli forests.
“Last night, I treated a man at Vakuluru Kotha Veedi village and stayed there till morning to observe the patient’s recovery. Today, I am on my way to attend to a patient on another hill which is 5 km away, to be reached only by foot,” Mr. Bhagavan told The Hindu.
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The Hindu, 21 July, 2021, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/a-tribal-doctors-tireless-trek-to-treat-patients/article35436541.ece?homepage=true