For 42 days, 65 years has slept in an ambulance, says he will go home once the Covid-19 war is over

BAREILLY: This is different for 65 years. His wife, Bilkis, is not preparing hot sewai and her three children have not ordered new clothes. In fact, Bharti, who drives a car in UP's Sambhal district, has not seen his family in 42 days. Since March 23, the driver has been making rounds of containment zones and hot spots in it and has now made the emergency vehicle his home.

“I sleep in the ambulance, I shower when I find a well in a field. Arrangements for my food are made by the district hospital where I work. I have decided to go home only once we win the battle against, ”Bharti told TOI on Friday.

Dr. Neeraj Sharma, in charge of the rapid-action team against Covid-19 in Sambhal, said Bharti had been part of the team since the outbreak in the district. We have brought almost 1,100 suspected Covid-19 patients for testing at the district hospital and Bharti transported at least 700 of them. His dedication is unparalleled. It is ready with your ambulance at any time of the day and night.

Bharti works on contract with the district hospital for Rs 17,000 per month.

Sharma said Bharti was told to visit his home in the Mandi Kishandas Sarai village, located 9 km from the hospital, for Ramzan, but refused to do so until the district is on the green zone list. Currently, the Sambhal district is in the orange zone. Containment areas within the red and orange zones have the most restrictions. Sambhal has recorded 19 confirmed cases and two deaths. More than 200 people have been placed in quarantine shelters.

“I speak to my family every morning to assure them that I am safe. I cannot return because I have a duty to do here. With increasing infection rates, ambulance services are required more than ever to bring suspicious patients for testing, Bharti said. He is also aware that older people may be at higher risk due to Covid-19, but his age does not scare him.

I take every precaution. They disinfect the ambulance every time I bring in a suspicious patient and I make sure that medical personnel use disinfectant before boarding the vehicle, ”he said.