Name : Sheik Hebazat Hussain
District & State : East Champaran, Bihar
Category : Utility
Award : National
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
Sheik Hebazat Hussain (62), an agriculturist and a herbal healer, has been practicing a novel herbal treatment for curing ephemeral fever in cattle.
A school dropout, Hebazat, has his wife, three sons and two daughters in his family. The family has been practicing agriculture for sustenance. However, most of the time cultivation gets affected due to heavy floods in his area. They also own a few livestock for domestic purposes. To supplement his income, he also tried to sell fruits but had to discontinue due to his health.
The source of his herbal knowledge was his guru, late Ustad Md. Sheikh Hazi Munshi with whom he used to spend a lot of time about four decades ago. With time he grasped the knowledge shared by his ustad and also understood medicinal properties of various plants through his own experimentation. Today, people from many nearby villages come to seek his advice on animal health related problems. He never seeks any financial remuneration as he believes in sharing knowledge for the society. He administers herbal medication for respiratory distress, ephemeral fever, fracture, otitis, diarrhea, abdominal pain and retention of placenta.