12 years ago, Mohammad Rafiq Desai’s wife gave birth to a boy in the civil hospital in Belgaum. During that period, the couple was going through financial crisis. After struggling a lot, Rafique was able to feed his wife. This incident etched in their mind. But now the scenario has completely changed, the couple is in a good position and is not missing any opportunity to help others. And since the last 10 months, the couple is providing free lunch to the relatives of the patients admitted in Belgaum civil hospital.
Murtoza Rafiq Desai wakes up at 5.30 am every day and cooks biryani and dal for more than 150 people, which is served in the hospital during the lunchtime. Now, it has become a daily affair for Desai’s and they make sure that they don’t miss it on Sundays and during Eid. “Now, people have got used to it and wait for the lunch. It is my responsibility to fulfill what I have started. So, we make sure that we do not break the routine,” said Desai.
Initially, when Desai put forth this idea before his wife, she was a bit reluctant about its implementation. So, in the beginning, they provided lunch for three days in a week. But now, it has become a daily routine. “In the beginning, I used to take time while cooking. But now, I have understood its mechanism and get it done on time. And if we fail to provide the lunch, those families may remain hungry. So we make sure that we do it every day,” said Desai.
Dr Vinay Dastikopp Medical Superintendent Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) acknowledged Desai’s initiative. “He has been providing lunch to the relatives of the patients, since many months. He doesn’t need any special permission,since the food is not served to the patients. For the patients, we have our own service,” informed Dr Dastikopp.
Dr Javed Pannali, Orthopedician in Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences, appreciated the work done by Desai. While talking to My Medical Mantra he said, “He has been providing lunch since last 10 months. He provides it daily. It is a small step which benefits a lot of needy people.”