Cuttack: Padma Shri awardee social activist and tea seller D Prakash Rao was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital here after he tested positive for COVID-19.
According to sources, the Cuttack district administration admitted him in the hospital on Thursday. Following an instruction from Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani, the district administration also provided Rs 10,000 from Red Cross funds for his treatment.
The collector has also discussed Rao’s health condition and treatment with Dr Jayanta Panda at SCB. His condition is stated to be stable now.
Rao, who owns a tea stall at Buxi Bazaar in the city, is known for his magnanimity. He has been providing free education to slums kids through his school, Asha O Ashwasana, since 2000.
In recognition of his exemplary service to society, Rao was conferred with the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind in March this year.