Malda man to meet Mamata with son ailing from rare tumor

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
Kolkata
7 Mar 2017

As chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent moves to ensure proper health services for the common people have earned applause from all walks of the society, father of a minor baby suffering from a rare kind of tumor is now desperately begging to earn the money for visiting Kolkata to knock at the CM’s door for his ward’s proper treatment.
An eight-year old Salim Akhtar has grown an exceptionally large tumor like growth on his face since birth. “No treatment has yielded any positive result so far. We are now virtually on streets to arrange the cost of Salim’s treatment. The last hope is Mamata Banerjee, our CM, who can do something to cure my son,” said Gosan Ali while urging people to donate for his son’s treatment.
A daily wage earner, Ali said, “I have my wife and three sons Salim being the youngest. Two elder sons – Mizarul Sheikh and Badal Sheikh work as daily labourers too to help me run the family. The lion’s share of collective family income is spent for my youngest son’s treatment. We took him to many doctors and nursing homes. But none could help us.”
A resident of Khochkham village of Samsi gram panchayat in Chanchal sub division Ali gratefully acknowledged the help he had received from his neighbours. “They generously helped me with their best possible might. But they are not affluent too. So the only way left for Salim’s treatment is begging,” the helpless father said, sobbing.
He also said that he came to the district town by requesting the bus conductor to waive his fare. “Begging in Malda town might give me some extra income. I would go back to village by evening,” Ali’s account was interrupted by his son’s request to get him a piece of bread.
The chief medical officer of health (CMOH) of Malda Dr Dilip Mandal said, “It is difficult to assess the decease unless the child is investigated. The guardians should admit the kid to Malda Medical College and Hospital for treatment.”