Bengaluru: Elderly volunteer helps run vax drive at govt hospital | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: For those taking the Covid-19 jab at CV Raman General Hospital in Indiranagar, it’s hard to miss an elderly man in a cotton shirt, khaki pants and fluorescent green jacket assisting people, controlling crowds and enforcing order.
From 9am-4pm, Satish Rao, 59, an Indiranagar resident and retired engineer, is present at the hospital to ensure the vaccination process is smooth. He’s been doing this since March 2.
Rao, a familiar face in several volunteering groups, was earlier with Teach India initiative and has also been active in animal welfare. When the pandemic struck, he started volunteering by coordinating with BBMP in ensuring quarantine of citizens.
“The current work at CV Raman hospital started after my own experience at a private hospital in Yeshwantpur. When I went to get vaccinated on March 2, it was chaos at the private facility. It’s in my nature to volunteer and I couldn’t stop myself from helping the hospital authorities bring in discipline. The next day, when I heard of similar commotion at CV Raman hospital, which is in my immediate neighbourhood, I decided to offer my services,” he said.
Satish went to the hospital’s second floor and saw there were very few people to volunteer or direct those waiting to get vaccinated, some of whom had registered and some hadn’t. “I requested them for 10 minutes’ time. We set up a new system, under which the public could take the shot without much delay or confusion. The practice continued and in a few days, the hospital staff and other volunteers were trained on how to run the vaccination drive smoothly,” he explained.
‘Motivated people to take jab’
“I also noticed that by 12pm, the hospital floor was empty. It was those initial days when people were still hesitant to take the vaccine. I circulated photos of empty centres, importance of vaccines and their safety among several of my social media contacts. I motivated people to take the jab,” he added.
Satish, who is currently in quarantine after he became the primary contact of a patient, said helping with vaccination gives him immense satisfaction. “It’s mainly the old and the weak who came in the first month. Some of them just touch my head when they leave and bless me,” he said.
He said even though his family is scared about him as he’s working in a hospital, nothing can prevent him from volunteering at a time when humanity is facing a grave crisis. Around 12,000 people have been vaccinated in the hospital thus far, he added.
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