Tuesday, August 11

City model and Covid survivor Madhabilata Mitra starts a free helpline to counsel people

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Model Madhabilata Mitra, a COVID-19 survivor, has come up with a special COVID care initiative, which she runs along with other survivors like her. They are counselling people with 24×7 free helplines. “Around mid-May, my mother (Sanjukta Mitra) tested COVID positive and had to be admitted to Kolkata Medical College at 3.30 am. She had severe breathing trouble. At that time, it was a complete lockdown and I was all alone at home. After moving around the city with ma in the ambulance, I managed to get her admitted at Kolkata Medical College, which became my home for the next 22 days. Soon, I tested positive but I was asymptomatic. I had to isolate myself from my family and friends,” recalled Madhabilata.The model said that she has seen how a family suffers when neighbours behave badly once they know someone from your family tested positive. “That made me decide to stand up for people (both mentally and physically) who are suffering. I keep the safety in mind as well. I don’t want people to suffer what I have gone through already. Usually, people are clueless about what to do if they have symptoms of COVID and most of the time no one is willing to help either. Some time back, my friend’s (mountaineer Satyarup Siddhant) uncle also tested COVID positive. So, Satyarup and I took the initiative of coming up with a wing, where both people suffering from COVID and their families can be guided both mentally and with medical help. Doctors and many more are part of this initiative. In these difficult times, we should not forget our humanity and let’s not treat a COVID patient or their families as aliens. No one is asking you to hug a COVID patient, but at least try not to shut the door at their families as no one knows you can be affected by the virus too. I have done my antibody test and it’s positive. So, my mother and I are eligible to donate our plasma together to get people back to their families. Let’s be a little empathetic towards each other in this crisis so that we can overcome this pandemic together,” she said.

Source: Times of India

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