Progress: Working as a doctor for Nick Simmons Institute in Doti. In the 2nd of his 2 year bond with Doctors For Nepal
Location of origin: Achham district, West Nepal
Parents occupation: Father – works in Mumbai (laborer) Mother – Housewife
Siblings: One older sister, one younger sister, and one younger brother
“Your financial generosity has allowed me to one step closer to my dream and has inspired me to help others by giving to the community. I hope one day I’ll be able to help other students achieve their goal just as you have helped me. I’ll try to do my best to solve all these problems after the completion of my study and dedicate my whole life servicing to those who really are in trouble such as poor people, disabled people, old aged people, from the remote and backward regions.”
Prakash shows us around Patan Hospital: during the last DFN Trustee visit to Nepal, Prakash showed us around Patan Hospital to give us some idea of the different wards in the hospital and the patients he treats.
April 2023: Prakash has now finished his bond, but continues to work as a Doctor in Doti district. He is planning to prepare for postgraduate study in the near future. He sends the following update about his job:
‘Working in a rural place like Doti is exciting as well as quite challenging because of limited resources, limited manpower, geographical difficulties and financial constraints of patients. Last month there were a total of 43 births and among them 5 were cesarean sections, 2 vacuum assisted deliveries, 2 breech vaginal deliveries, 2 twins deliveries and the rest were spontaneous deliveries. We also handled 2 postpartum hemorrhage cases referred to our centre. I was involved in most of the deliveries and almost all complicated cases. We also conducted a vaginal hysterectomy camp for prolapse uterus a few days back and I was the focal person. We hired a gynecology surgeon and performed 10 operations free of cost. It was the second time, the first time we have conducted the same camp a few months back and 6 women received service for the same. We plan to continue this camp in the coming days and hope more women benefit.’
November 2021: Prakash continues to work as a doctor in the Nick Simmons Institute in Doti. He is in his 2nd year of a 2 year bond with Doctors For Nepal.
August 2020: Prakash has sent us the following news about his new job: “New job is challenging and exciting too. Two of our medical officers left the job and now we are only three. So there is huge work load. Covid-19 is lowering down its effect in our place but still there is huge risk. Our medical superintendent is on leave so I also have to deal with administrative stuff. It’s rainy season here so lots of landslides and floods all over Nepal.”
June 2020: Prakash has now finished his internship at Patan and huge congratulations are in order as he as secured a job as a doctor for Nick Simons Institute in Doti which is a 5 hour drive from his home in Achham district, West Nepal. Prakash says “I really wanted to get a job in my own district but am very pleased I’m not that far away and am very excited to be giving back to my community.”
March 2019: We have jus heard from Prakash that he has passed all his final exams and so is now a very happy Dr Prakash Thakullah. We are extremely proud of him as he becomes our 4th student to qualify as a Doctor for Nepal. CONGRATULATIONS Prakash!
February 2019: Prakash is currently sitting his final exams. An extremely hard worker, Prakash will hopefully do very well in his exams and then become our 4th doctor for Nepal. Once he’s graduated, Prakash will serve a 1 year internship at Patan Hospital and then he will return to his home district to serve as a doctor for the next four years. We wish Prakash all the luck there is to wish as he nears the end of his medical student studies.
2018: Prakash has just completed his final 4th year exam and has passed with an excellent mark. In his final year he will be spending 6 months studying/working at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu and 5 months working in a rural district hospital. He is also required to visit a non-profit health related organisation for 2 weeks. Prakash has chosen to visit a community rehabilitation centre in Kathmandu where he will gain more knowledge about the importance of skill development for the sustainable livelihood of children with disabilities and learning difficulties.