Since the novel coronavirus has hit the world, doctors and health care workers have been leading the fight against the deadly disease. Several doctors have got infected with the virus, while many have lost their dear ones, have been abused and blamed, yet all this didn’t stop them from backing out of their duty.
Dr Mukund Penurkar, at Pune's Sanjeevan Hospital, is among such doctors who lost his father to COVID-19 on April 26. Not only that, his brother and mother are also infected with COVID but he continued to look after the patients in the hospital. As the situation in the hospital was critical amid the rising cases, Mukund joined his work in three days.
While speaking to news agency ANI, doctor Penurkar said, "I know the situation outside is not good. We tried our best to save my father at our hospital but unfortunately, we lost him on Monday. My brother and mother are still admitted here for COVID treatment and they are doing well now.”
He also informed that he returned back on duty three days after his father's death.
"I have been working for COVID-19 patients for a long time and I have seen the situation. It has become difficult for health care staff to cater to every individual and it was important for me to step in immediately so I returned on duty just three days after my father's death. I think serving the patients in need would be the best thing I can do now for my father," said Dr Penurkar, adding that, his priority now is to look after patients.
Doctor Mukund adds that serving society is a doctor's priority, for now, the situation is such that even family members are unable to meet their dear ones. “We are going through a difficult time and we need to work hard to get over it," added the doctor.