Many health professionals have had to face difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one doctor from Bhopal is being hailed on social media for living out of his car to keep his family safe. The Madhya Pradesh doctor was also praised by the state’s chief minister.
Dr Sachin Nayak, who is working at the state-run JP Hospital in Bhopal, decided to start living out of his car to avoid spreading the infection at home in case he caught it at work. A photo of Dr Nayak, reading a book in the back of his car, surrounded by some basic supplies was widely shared after the official handle of All India Radio tweeted it.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also praised the doctor in a tweet. Thanking the doctor, the chief minister expressed his gratitude and said, “If we all continue with this resolve, then we will be able to win this great war more quickly.”
आप जैसे #COVID19 के विरुद्ध युद्ध लड़ रहे योद्धाओं का मैं और सम्पूर्ण मध्यप्रदेश अभिनन्दन करता है। इसी संकल्प के साथ हम सब निरंतर आगे बढ़ें, तो यह महायुद्ध और जल्द जीत सकेंगे। सचिन जी, आपके जज्बे को सलाम! #CovidWarriors#IndiaFightsCarona https://t.co/2r2INV4m4a
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 7, 2020
In some states governments and private companies have offered housing or rooms in hotels for the medical professionals. Nursing staff have been seeking similar facilities to ensure their families are safe.
On social media, people praised the Bhopal doctor. While some wondered why he is living in his car and can’t get government accommodation, others said health care professionals need proper rest to take care of others.
In India, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has crossed the 5,000-mark and the death toll is nearing 150.
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