A nurse, the first health worker in Kerala to have been infected with Covid-19, has been discharged, giving a big relief to thousands of medical workers involved in the fight against corona in the state and beyond.
What was more comforting was her strong determination to come back to the work after 14-day mandatory quarantine at home, in a big boost dose of inspiration.
Reshma Mohandas, who was infected while treating the first set of Covid patients in the State, walked out of the ward amid the cheers and thumps up from her colleagues at the Kottayam Medical College, giving a soothing sight amid plenty of stories of agony and depressions.
Reshma got the infection while she was attending the oldest couple in the state to have got the coronavirus – 88-year-old Mariyamma and 93-year-old Thomas of Ranni, Pathanamthitta. Incidentally, the couple were also discharged along with her.
The couple were admitted at the Kottayam Medical College and Reshma, who had duty from March 12 to 22 at the corona isolation ward, took care of the couple, interacting with them closely.
On March 23, she developed a small fever and later she was put in the isolation ward, after she started showing symptoms of Covid. Her samples sent for testing for coronavirus, giving a scare to many health workers.
Lauding her dedication at the risk of her own life, State Health Minister K K Shailaja noted in her Facebook page that Reshma was taking care of the couple just her own parents.
“There are all the facilities for the treatment of coronavirus in our hospitals. Many staff work there willingly. There is no need for any doubts or concern. Kerala will certainly overcome coronavirus,” Reshma was quoted saying in a release.