Sino-India medical mission in memory of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis
Rekindling the spirit of Indian doctor Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, held in high esteem in China for his services to the country, a joint Medical Mission from India and China’s Hebei Medical University are offering free consultations to several poor areas in the two nations under an MoU signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to China at Hebei Medical University. The India-China Joint Medical Mission, launched in the presence of Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Mr. Wen Jiabao, comprises 10 young doctors each from India and 10 from China’s Hebei Medical University who are visiting various places in China and subsequently in India.
About Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis
Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis came to China as a member of an Indian Medical Mission consisting of five doctors in September 1938 which provided medical services by treating Chinese during the War of Resistance against the Japanese invasion. the communist General Zhu De requested Jawaharlal Nehru to send Indian physicians to China. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the President of the Indian National Congress, made arrangements to send a team of volunteer doctors and an ambulance.
All the members returned to India while Kotnis stayed back in China and died of illness in 1942 at the age of 32. The Chinese even look at him as a symbol of the enduring India-China links. In the memory of Dr. Dwarkanath Kutnis there is a famous hospital named “Dr. Kutnis Hospital” in Shijiazhuang City of Hebei.