Dr Sher Bahadur Saud, who was able to win hearts of the residents in Bajura with his service, has been given a farewell after his tenure in the district expired. Saud had come to the district hospital of Bajura two years ago and has now been transferred to Doti.

During his tenure, he had served many patients and saved the lives of 76 new mothers and their newborns by performing timely surgery. His popularity also came from the fact that he donated blood to save his patients' lives in some cases.

On 4 January 2020, Mamata Rokaya, 20, of Badimalika Municipality was taken to the district hospital of Bajura. She was one-and-half months into pregnancy and was suffering from profuse bleeding.

When at hospital, she was diagnosed as needing blood. The patient's family searched high and low for the vital lifeline, but to no avail. Finally, it was Dr Saud, who came forward to donate blood for the pregnant woman. Besides Mamata, many other patients got a new lease of life because of Dr Saud. He not only provided treatment to them, but also gave his own blood to save some of them.

"He was a dutiful doctor always ready to serve them even at odd hours," said local teacher Diprendra Singh. "He has done so much for the district and the entire district is saddened by his transfer elsewhere now," he said.

Hospital Management Committee Chair Bharat Thapa of Bajura Hospital was also all praise for the doctor and his commitment to work. "He had been very popular among locals here; now that he has been transferred, the hospital is compelled to say goodbye to him," said Thapa. Saud, trained in emergency parturition services, had been deputed in Bajura by Nick Simons Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 25 2021, of The Himalayan Times.