COVID Samaritan

Dimapur Oct 10 | Publish Date: 10/10/2020 12:53:55 PM IST

 People in Mon, like in the rest of the world, ran into abrupt trauma due to emergent global crisis.  With the peaking of the COVID-19 infection cases, in-patients in the district hospital had to be relocated as it was designated as a COVID hospital. But, my heart fell for the out-patients who had to endure the new development. There was total stoppage to vehicular movements, therefore, it was hard for them to find ways to reach for their medical emergencies. And I couldn't stand to admit my car futilely parked when my fellow men were facing this harsh challenge. It was then; I decided to offer myself as a channel to bridge the gap.

....and my mind recalled "Service to man is service to God". This thought provoking statement all the- more triggered in me the desire to render my service during the pandemic. Truth be told, I am an unemployed man, trying to make ends meet. In fact, dying to live. However, deep down I knew for sure, how 'the helped' would feel more than 'the helper' myself. So this story.

I met the District Task Force and the District Administration with the idea of providing 24X7 Free Ambulance Service using my car. They welcomed it and expectedly, were granted the needed permission with an advice to adhere to maximum safety protocols. Accordingly, I readied whatever safety measures had to be taken for the same. 

Phone calls became the order of the day for me. Every call brought in with it a different story.

.....and every ride or trip to and fro DHM and other private Clinics and hospitals filled me with a different memory to keep. I started on 26th April till 4th August 2020, covering not only Mon Town, Aboi, Tizit in Nagaland but also reaching up to Tezpur in Assam; and scored 100 days of FAS. Unfortunately, few patients lost their lives but hundreds of lives were saved as they received timely medical attention. Nearly fifty pregnant women were helped. During such crucial situation, I had a privilege of donating Blood myself to a bleeding woman and mobilized good numbers of Blood Donors and saved lives of at least six women from gynaecological ward and a haemophilia patient at Mon District Hospital. In the process, I assisted the medical staffs/ frontline workers in picking and dropping during the lockdown period and also help hospital staffs in the Triage during screening of COVID at DHM. Besides, communicating and co-ordinating with returnees from various cities across the country for their safe return and also assisted to those who’d chosen to stay back. 

During this time, many well wishers came forward expressing their willingness to offer monetary help for fuel expenses (I am grateful to them for their noble gesture) but I insisted bearing the costs myself. This whole episode has ignited in me a new perspective of life. That, only humans can keep humanity alive. And that we need each other more than anything else in the world. I will not say I did things none else could do but the experience gained and the satisfaction felt is beyond my comprehension. Finally, I am so thankful to DTF led by Deputy Commissioner Shri. Thavaseelan K, IAS, Shri.Wennyei Konyak, NCS, PD (DRDA), MS and MOs of DHM for standing alongside with me during when my FAS was operational.  

(H.A. Hongnao Konyak), Mon, Nagaland


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