Nurse Rija Abraham
RAIPUR: Corona hero award has been conferred on a nurse Rija Abraham in United Kingdom's Harlow town, for continuing serving for Covid patients by leaving behind 1.5 year old daughter at home.
Rija is providing essential care to critical covid cases in a hospital in United Kingdom. Hailing from Mumbai, Rija is daughter -in-law of Durg based health official Dr D Rajan., who is posted as corona nodal officer in Bastar region.
Hence, the Harlow town’s administration has conferred Rija with the title of Corona Crtical Worker Hero and her certificate reads, “A scrub nurse Rija in theatre at Princess Alexandra hospital at Harlow, Essex, has now adapted to the role of ITU nurse, providing essential care to very sick covid-19 patients. At home, she leaves a 1.5 year old daughter, she continues to go on and strive to provide the best care possible.”
Talking to TOI, Rija’s husband Prateek said, “The Black Asian Minority Ethnic Community (BAME) has come under scrutiny for the disproportionate distribution of Covid19 related severity and mortality against their white counterparts. Amidst such challenging times Rija and her colleagues have come forward with her unfailing dedication to care for such ailing patients. The fear for own health and well-being was at stake especially when she was worried about her little girl at home.”
For this health worker, duty comes first and Rija believes this was the struggle for which she had chose this noble profession.
“As Florence Nightingale quoted once -How very little can be done under the spirit of fear. This has remained my guiding principle and with my colleagues we are fighting a battle to serve people,” said Rija.
Dr Rajan said that he is very proud of her daughter-in-law for serving patients in a foreign land and adjusting her personal priorities –including staying away from 1.5 years old daughter over taking care of covid patients in hospital. “Medical profession is demanding and when we see our daughter-in-law ever smiling it gives us courage and reflection of sense of serving selflessly, which is the essence of medical profession” said Dr Rajan.