By Pradeep Kumar
Dental surgeon Dr Goda Sumpa is a glittering example of the golden adage – Where there’s a will there’s a way – as her achievement fulfilled wish of her father Goda Madu of remote Chambang town of Kra Daadi district.
After completing class-XII from Itanagar’s Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan, she pursued BDS from Mathrua-based K D Dental College and passed out in 2018. Her father financed her as she did not get a medical seat given under state quota.
Eldest among seven siblings of her parents, Dr Sumpa’s father despite being an ordinary farmer seems to be very conscious about the value of education for which he always wanted to educate his children. His son Dr Goda Abu, after Dr Sumpa, is a physiotherapist and the third, a daughter, Goda Ruth, after completing M Com from RGU is attending coaching classes, financed by Dr Sumpa, to face competitive examinations.
Interestingly, Dr Sumpa had joined noted dental surgeon Dr Pranab Kumar Chutia’s Touchy Dental Clinic here immediately after passing out. Though she had served in Freshdent Dental Clinic and Radiant Smile later, but Dr Chutia impressed with her caliber decided to hand over his clinic to her recently before shifting to Guwahati permanently.
Dr Chuita, who served in TRIMHS since 1999 and took voluntary retirement in 2011, had set up Touchy clinic with sophisticated instruments to offer the much desired treatment. People who used to spend huge amount for going to Guwahati to get such treatment were greatly relieved. Dozens of patients from interior parts of the state used to come with bag and baggage to the clinic as they were aware of lengthy treatment period. But most of them were happy for not going outside for treatment.
In fact, about 20 dental surgeons practiced under Dr Chita to gain experiences. Besides Dr Sumpa, Dr Sabina Gadal Viswakarma also joined the clinic recently. Despite shifting to Guwahati, Dr Chutia due to his commitment has assured his old patients to attend them in his clinic once in a month.
“I want to gain firsthand experience from sir for which I decided to join Touchy Clinic”, Dr Sabina said.
Many people from rest of India have had served this state since NEFA days and still serving with dedication. But the time calls for attitudinal change to serve own people instead of depending on others. Thus, the state needs many more Dr Sumpas in various fields to end dependence of Arunachal on outside.
“I wish Dr Sumpa Godspeed to rise to much higher pedestal in life to make the state, her parents in particular, proud and become a role model for others to emulate!