A Mizoram MLA on Wednesday gained a lot of praise from all quarters for swapping his political duties for that of a doctor to operate on a woman at the Civil Hospital in Siaha, Mizoram.
Dr K Beichhua, MLA from Siaha Mizoram is also a qualified MBBS graduate from the Regional Medical College, Imphal. He decided to carry out the operation when he heard that the surgeon from the district hospital was away on a training programme in Imphal.
The Siaha civil hospital has a team of seven doctors and one surgeon. Since the patient had developed complications and required the emergency surgery, Dr Beichhua rushed to the hospital and operated on her. The woman is doing fine now.
“I was informed that a 35-year-old woman was in a severe abdominal pain and needed an immediate operation. There was a large perforation (hole), and if we had not performed the operation, she might have died,” says Dr Beichhua as reported by Hindustan Times.
The 52-year-old MLA received his medical degree in 1991. He was a general practitioner for about 20 years and then entered politics in 2013 by joining Mizo National Front. He has performed hundreds of operations during his career, the last being in December 2013, after he was elected as the MLA.
Dr Beichhua had contested from Siaha in 2008 assembly polls as an independent candidate but was unsuccessful. In 2013, he contested again on a Mizo National Front ticket and defeated the sitting MLA S Haito of Congress by a margin of 222 votes.
The officiating deputy commissioner of Siaha District, N Chakhai says that Dr Beichhua brought up the surgery in a meeting with District Development and Coordination Committee while addressing the shortage of doctors.
The Logical Indian appreciates the MLA for taking immediate action and saving the woman’s life. We would also like to request the authorities to look into filling the shortage of qualified doctors, especially in bigger district hospitals.