Multi-faceted Dr. Taba Nirmali no more

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 13: Trend setter doctor Dr Taba Nirmali, known for walking extra miles to extend health services to the poor and needy, passed  away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday after prolonged illness.

She had endeared one and all by her gentle approach and kindness attitude for which she would be always remembered. As the shocking news spread, friends, relatives, well-wishers made a beeline to her ‘D’ sector residence here to pay their last respect and for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace. “An era has ended with her death”, one of her well-wishers emotionally said.

Born on 16.01.1964 to late Chukhu Nitin and Chukhu Yadap of Gumto village, she was 55 and is survived by her husband retried CE-cum-UD director Taba Tedir, her children Abang, Loma and Yadap.

Her final rites will be performed during 10 am to 12 pm on February15 in her Itanagar Hilltop residence in ESS-sector, family sources said.

After schooling from Doimukh GH school, she pursued MBBS and joined then General Hospital here (present TRIHMS) as medical officer (first Nyshi woman doctor) in 1988. She completed ENT, M.S. at RIIMS Manipur in 1997 for greater professionalism.

After taking voluntary retirement for service on 31.07.11 and she had unsuccessfully contested from Yachuli assembly seat and later appointed as state BJP secretary.

She was a multi-faceted personality and associated with various organizations since her school days besides being actively involved as Nyishi Nyem Acham advisor and Taba Tath Foundation, both NGO working in socio-cultural fields in the state. She had also served as Arunachal Pradesh State Women Commission chairperson for a brief period.

She was part of Students’ Experience in Interstate Living (SEIL), organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1982 and continued as an active member of ABVP since then.

Being a dedicated philanthropist, she had converted her own private residence into a private hospital, first of its kind in the state, when state’s health sector was in a dismal status incapable of meeting the needs of the people. She had founded NIBA Hospital (now NIBA CLINIC) in 1999 along with fellow founders Dr. M. Jini (present TRIHMS director and senior gynecologist Dr. Bengia Mala.

She was instrumental in co-founding Arunachal Cancer Society as general secretary in 1999 after the death of her elder sister to cancer. Other co-founders were Dr. K.K. Dey (chairman) and Dr Moji Jini as fellow. She had also started Smile Train along with Dr Jini in her own hospital, which so far has provided free cleft palate surgery to more than 600 people in need. Moreover, she along with her colleagues had conducted free health camps all over the state.

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