2014 Humanitarian Hero Somen Palit

DUTY STATION:  Bangladesh
POSITION:  Emergency Health Physician

“I am proud that my initiative and quick decision ultimately saved her life and she is now leaving happily with her family.”

WHAT DOES HUMANITARIANISM MEAN TO YOU IN ONE WORD?

Care 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A HUMANITARIAN WORKER OR VOLUNTEER? 

In order to serve those most in need. 

WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?

The knowledge that the work I do may help in giving someone a chance at a new beginning. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORE CHALLENGING ASPECTS OF YOUR WORK?

I serve in one of the remotest part of the country which is also one of the most underdeveloped. The people living in the area are highly conservative, economically backwards and lack proper knowledge on health and hygiene issues which leads them to be sceptic about medical emergencies and the need for urgent treatment which becomes a huge challenge for emergency patients. 

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

I am an Emergency Health Physician for a mobile medical team providing primary health care in two Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. My team is made up of myself along with a nurse and a midwife and our responsibilities include: 

1. Provide primary health consultations to vulnerable people in the community through health assessments and examination. 
2. Provide counselling support to the patients especially for complicated or emergency cases. 
3. Provide Vaccination services to patients. (Anti Rabies Vaccine). 
4. Facilitate the referral services for patients to secondary and tertiary facilities. 
5. Arrange Health camp in remote and hard to reach areas of the upazilas.