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IAF showers petals on COVID-19 hospitals in NE

ITANAGAR, GUWAHATI, SHILLONG, MAY 3 (Correspondent) | Publish Date: 5/3/2020 12:32:00 PM IST

30 kgs of petals showered on TRIHMS

Defying haze over the mountains of the Arunachal Pradesh capital, two advance light helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) showered petals on the lone COVID-19 hospital in the state on Sunday to express gratitude to the medical personnel engaged in the fight against COVID-19.

Around 30 kg of petals were showered on the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), a view which thousands of people witnessed from the rooftop of their houses.

The choppers showered the petals on the hospital between 12.03 pm and 12.15 pm.

The IAF choppers flew from the Tezpur Air Base under the Eastern Air Command and returned to the base after conducting the flypast, Defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said.

“The exercise was conducted to express gratitude to corona warriors, including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. It also aimed at sending a message that the nation is united in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.

Commending the gesture, Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra hoped that the goodwill message will reach every frontline worker, police personnel, official, gaon burha (village headman) and NGO.

“This was a true recognition of the committed services rendered by us at the cost of our lives. We have taken oaths to save people’s lives. This salutation will energise us to work with more dedication,” TRIHMS Director Dr Moji Jini said.

Assam:  An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter on Sunday showered rose petals on doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and sanitation workers of two hospitals in Guwahati to express gratitude for their fight against COVID-19.

The Mi-17 chopper showered the petals on the staff assembled in the premises of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and the MMC Civil Hospital here.

Three Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jets also flew past the Assam Legislative Assembly building.

An IAF band also played patriotic songs to express gratitude to the frontline personnel.

The doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers said they were overwhelmed by the gesture.

“This expression of gratitude is a blessing and encouragement to us to serve the people in this battle against COVID-19 and other diseases,” a doctor at GMCH said.

An emotional nurse at GMCH said that the medical fraternity has been encouraged by the gesture to continue the fight against COVID-19. Volunteers of a local NGO also honoured the health personnel with ‘Gamosa’, a traditional hand-woven Assamese scarf. 

Meghalaya: As a display of gratitude and respect to the frontline medical professionals and others, a chopper from Indian Air Force flew past and showered flowers on them in this mountainous state capital of Meghalaya on Sunday.

An Advanced Light helicopter flew past over three hospitals – Shillong Civil Hospital and North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) besides Bethany Hospital, whose founder Dr. John L Sailo Rynthathiang succumbed to COVID-19 two days later after he got infected to the virus on April 13.

Led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek, doctors, nurses, technical staff, sanitation workers and police personnel stood in Civil Hospital premises for this rare honour.

The Civil hospital which is converted into a COVID-19 hospital, has three COVID-19 patients who have now tested negative for the deadly virus.

While the super-specialty NEIGRIHMS hospital is the nodal hospital for testing of samples for COVID-19.

Thanking medical professionals and others who have been in the forefront to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Minister said, “I have no words to express the gratitude to all of you. These past few days, I know it has been very difficult for all of you, but still you have not lost the faith and you continue with complete dedication.”

“So, once again really all of you deserve a big hand,” he told the medical professionals at Civil Hospital amid claps to laud their service in these times of health crisis.

Meghalaya had a total of 12 COVID-19 positive cases out of which 11 are now recovered and one dead. ( Correspondent). 

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