AIIMS is the premier health care institutions of the country where common people, big personalities including India’s ministers are treated. On 25 May senior sanitation supervisor at AIIMS, New Delhi Heera Lal tested positive for COVID-19 last Tuesday. He passed away yesterday.
He used to never miss a day on duty. An amazing, ever-smiling person whose duty was to be in touch with disinfection staff, cleaners, and ward boys, that’s how he got infected with the symptoms of COVID-19 on Tuesday and was gone in a week off.
Kuldip Singh, General Secretary of AIIMS New Delhi said that the institute conducted the blood test for him as he started fell ill.“He was asked to go home and take rest and come back if symptoms progress. His condition suddenly worsened within two days and he was rushed to the emergency where he was put on ventilator support. It was too late by then. It was also only when he was brought to the emergency that his COVID 19 test was done”.
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He also stated that while handling all the work of cleanliness and sanitation he was not having the protective gear and for those it should be the priority to wear the protective gear. He said “People whose roles need them to engage with all kinds of potential infection sources should get priority in protective gear. We have hundreds of sanitation staffers who are constantly on the job and at risk,”
“Heera Lal used to be on duty while in the struck of COVID -19 and used to handle all the work. All senior doctors remember him for his dedication towards his work, for his enthusiastic spirits, and for his smiling face. But, now he has gone also two days ago former AIIMS HOD Medicine JN Pande had also died of COVID” he further added.