A video clip of a nurse in quarantine and her three-year-old daughter crying for being unable to go near her mother and embrace her went viral on social media on Wednesday.
Sugandha Korikoppa, a staff nurse at one of the district-designated hospitals to treat COVID-19 cases, is under quarantine for 14 days after she served at the hospital for a week.
The visuals soon went viral, with several on social media commending the nurse for her efforts. It further prompted Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to call the nurse on Wednesday and appreciate her dedication.
“You are struggling and working very hard without even seeing your children. I saw it on TV. Kindly cooperate. You will have better opportunities in the future. I’ll look out for you. God bless you, and I hope your hard work does you well”, Yediyurappa can be heard telling Sunanda over the phone call, a recording of which was released to the media.
Later, in a letter addressed to the nurse, the Chief Minister recalled the selfless service of doctors, nurses, ASHA (health) workers, police, civic workers, and government employees who are working like her to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Assuring that he would look into the concerns of healthcare workers raised by Sugandha during the telephone conversation, Yediyurappa in the letter said that resolving these issues was the government’s priority, and that he will personally look into it once the COVID-19 situation came under control, the release said.
So far, 8 coronavirus cases have been reported in Belagavi district of Karnataka.