Published on May 9, 2021
Ahmedabad: Jaya Rathod, an emergency medical technician (EMT) with the EMRI 108 ambulance service, was on maternity leave when Covid broke last year. “I had delivered twins – Viha (girl) and Vihaan (boy) — in November 2019, and they were four months old. When we got to know about the possible surge, I told my group leader that I will join duty,” said the native of Surendranagar.
Rathod touched hundreds of lives in Ahmedabad during the current Covid surge by shifting patients to Civil Hospital. “The kids are now one and a half years old, and are learning to speak. They have also picked up words like Corona from our conversations. I stayed in isolation initially with my parents taking care of her last year. This time, a niece looks after them,” says Rathod, saying the kids won’t sleep without her. “I rush home after work, but often get late.”
Similarly, Divya Bhoi, an EMT for the past seven years, also has given precedence to her work in this pandemic. “My kid will soon turn two. It’s a difficult task to balance motherhood and running around with patients but our mission is to save live,” she says.