A hero for our times
While a few celebrities are heading to their farm houses or overseas to save themselves from the
Gowda, a resident of Pramod Layout, has been making his mark in
“During Covid 1.0, I had tied up with many groups for food distribution and other covid relief works. However, Covid 2.0 threw up different kinds of challenges,” Gowda told
A few weeks ago, when Gowda was at his home, he realised that an elderly woman who used to distribute milk was not being seen of late. When he inquired about her, he came to know that she had succumbed to covid. Her son approached Gowda asking for financial help. “I thought people pay Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 for an ambulance but was shocked to learn that they are being charged Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 depending on the distance and the cause. This was when I decided to help the people in need. I joined an NGO which was helping a lot of people. They heeded to my request and provided me with an ambulance,” he said.
Since then, it has been a non-stop journey for Gowda who has been behind the wheel to help patients. “I have had sleepless nights but I don’t want to complain. My only issue is that in a day, I am not able to do more than two or three trips. One of the reasons for that is that there is a long waiting period at incinerators as they take 90 minutes to burn a body and there are 20 ambulances waiting for their turn. Most of the time is spent in waiting,” Gowda said.
His heart is wrecked when he sees so many people who have lost family members, lost jobs, money in hospital treatment and taking loans to pay a hefty ambulance fee, he said. He said that he had learnt driving at a young age was proving to be a boon at this time.
But, this job does extract a lot. Gowda has not been home for a fortnight. He said he stays in a big family and doesn’t want to expose them to any risk. So, he has been isolating himself at his friend’s place as his friend is away. Many times, he gets a chance to speak to his parents from the balcony.
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