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Just seven-years-old, she is adept at prescribing medicines

Recognising genius: B.Bakkiashri with Public Works Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan.

Recognising genius: B.Bakkiashri with Public Works Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T.Singaravelou

Staff Reporter

Bakkiashri answers queries related to medicine with ease

PUDUCHERRY: Though only around four years that B. Bakkiashri started her schooling in a local English medium school at the coastal village of Ariankuppam, she answers queries related to medicine with ease and confidence.

Second daughter of M. Baskar, a resident of Thattanchavady who makes a living by repairing watches, Bakkiashri can prescribe medicines for any common ailment.

Talent to fore

She displayed her talent in the presence of Public Works Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan and a host of doctors, including Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Dilip Kumar Baliga at the Minister’s chamber.

The doctors quizzed the seven-year-old on the medicines that had to be prescribed for various treatments such as pneumonia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, dengue, leukaemia and tumour.

Not once she stumbled or struggled to get an answer to the questions raised by the doctors.

Reading medical books

According to Mr.Baskar, she had developed an interest in medicine at a very early age and spends most time reading medical books.

She devotes more than three hours from 10 p.m and two hours from 4 a.m to read medical books, he said.

To a query from reporters, Bakkiashri said she wanted to become an oncologist and serve the poor.

The Minister and doctors advised Baskar to concentrate on her health as she was weak. Mr. Shahjahan gave Rs.5000 to her for purchasing books and promised to provide a computer.

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