The duty is always above the relationship, this has been proved true by Rakhi John, a nurse at the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). AIIMS nursing officer Rakhi John received a phone call from her family in Kerala on Sunday afternoon that her grandmother had died of corona. The news broke Rakhi badly, but a few hours later, Rakhi again took care of herself and informed the Kovid ward of the hospital and took leave from her duty that day.
Rakhi, a 32-year-old nurse, said that she had lost her mother at the age of one and had been raised by her grandmother since then. “I used to call them Amma. She was more than a mother to me. The news of his death shook me. I felt helpless and orphaned by Amma’s demise. My husband asked me to take leave and go home, but I knew that I would not be allowed to attend his funeral due to Kovid’s criteria. Also, I am responsible for a lot of patients here. If I can save her life, it will be my tribute to Amma.
Between the second wave of Kovid-19 in the country and the fourth deadly wave in Delhi, thousands of people are getting infected with the disease every day and more than 2,000 people are losing their lives. The virus also did not spare the health workers. Many of them are infected and need oxygen support, while some have lost loved ones due to Kovid-19.
Rakhi John, originally from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, lives here with her husband and two children. He said that in such a situation his decision not to go home was not easy. “I would have been emotionally broken if I had gone home. I am needed here right now and that is why, I decided to continue my duty. My aunt has recorded and shared the video of Amma’s funeral. I have still Haven’t seen it. I am avoiding it so that I can be mentally strong and work right now. “
At the same time, many other doctors, nurses and health workers have been on duty without a break. A senior doctor at Rajiv Gandhi Superspeciality Hospital said, “A few days ago, two of my doctors lost their family members. One of them, who had lost his parents, called me and said, Sir, I am going for cremation, so I will not be able to work the evening shift. Can I take a morning shift instead? ‘This is the level of dedication of my employees. Many of them have Kovid-19 family members and yet they come for their duties. “