Kohima, October 08 (NEx): An inspirational story of a good Samaritan from Mon district of Nagaland, who rose above the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and offered 24×7 free Ambulance service using his private vehicle to help hundreds of people who were in need of medical emergencies during the time of complete lockdown.
H. A. Hongnao Konyak from Mon district shares with NagalandExpress on the motive and feelings of helping people who were in need of medical emergency, even going to the extend of donating his blood to save the lives of the patients.
Konyak said, people in Mon, like the rest of the world, ran into abrupt trauma due to emergent global crisis. With the peaking of the COVID-19 infection cases, in-patients in the district hospital had to be relocated as it was designated as COVID hospital. But, my heart fell for the out-patients who had to endure the new development. There was total stoppage to vehicular movements, therefore, it was hard for them to find ways to reach for medical emergencies and I couldn’t stand to admit my car futilely parked when my fellow men were facing this harsh challenge. It was then I decided to offer myself as a channel to bridge the gap, he added.
My mind recalled “Service to man is service to God”. This thought provoking statement all the more triggered in me the desire to render my service during the pandemic. Truth be told, I am an unemployed man, trying to make ends meet. However, deep down I knew for sure, how ‘the helped’ would feel more than ‘the helper’ myself. So the story…. Konyak shares….
“I met the District Task Force and the District Administration with the idea of providing 24X7 Free Ambulance Service using my car. They welcomed it and granted the needed permission with an advice to adhere to maximum safety protocols. Accordingly, I readied whatever safety measures had to be taken for the same”- unquote.
Sharing his experience he says, Phone calls became the order of the day for me. Every call brought in with it a different story and every ride or trip to and from District Hospital Mon and other private Clinics and hospitals filled me with a different memory to keep. I started on April 26th till August 4th 2020, covering not only Mon Town, Aboi, Tizit in Nagaland but also reaching up to Tezpur in Assam; and scored 100 days of FAS, he said.
Unfortunately, few patients lost their lives but hundreds of lives were saved as they received timely medical attention. Nearly fifty pregnant women received assistance for medical treatment. During such crucial situation, I had a privilege of donating Blood myself to a bleeding woman and mobilized good numbers of Blood Donors and saved lives of at least six women from gynaecological ward and a haemophilia patient at Mon District Hospital.
In the process, I assisted the medical staffs/ frontline workers in picking and dropping during the lockdown period and also helped hospital staffs in the Triage during screening of COVID at DHM. Besides, communicating and co-ordinating with returnees from various cities across the country for their safe return and also assisted to those who’d chosen to stay back.
During this time, many well wishers came forward expressing their willingness to offer monetary help for fuel expenses (I am grateful to them for their noble gesture) but I insisted bearing the costs myself. This whole episode has ignited in me a new perspective of life. That, “only humans can keep humanity alive.” And that we need each other more than anything else in the world. I will not say I did things none else could do but the experience gained and the satisfaction felt is beyond my comprehension, he added.
Finally, Konyak expressed grateful to DTF led by Deputy Commissioner Shri. Thavaseelan K, IAS, Shri.Wennyei Konyak, NCS, PD (DRDA), MS and MOs of DHM for standing alongside with him when the FAS was operational.