Father dies at Home, IAS son keeps working, so he could save people from COVID-19

The entire world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus outbreak impacted lakhs of people’s lives. So far, more than 5,000 people have passed away linked to coronavirus and more than 1.6 lakh people were affected by the virus infection. In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 80.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the citizens not to panic and asserted that the Indian government is taking necessary steps to prevent the fast-spreading disease.

It has been learnt that the coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 3,158 people in China alone and 4,325 worldwide, as per the experts. It has affected nearly 120,000 people in a dozen countries globally.

While a majority of people are in homes amid the Coronavirus pandemic, there are some people who are absolutely necessary to society.

The doctors, nurses, government officers are doing their duties respectively to make sure that people are safe.

We need to be indebted to such people for a long time to come and one among them is this IAS officer in Odisha. The officer got back to work barely 24 hours of his father’s demise.

Nikunja Dhal who works as the Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha is being appreciated and saluted for his courage to resume work despite his personal loss.

‘Leading from the front. Nikunja Dhal IAS, Pr Secy Health, Govt of Odisha showed exemplary courage when he was back in his office combating the epidemic Coronavirus within 24 hours of his father’s death. #Rolemodels #IndiaFightsCorona @PMOIndia @mygovindia’, the IAS Association tweeted while praising Dhal for putting work ahead of anything else.

In Odisha, the state government ordered all schools – government-aided, public and private, to shut down till March 31, 2020. The exams for all classes from Class 1 to 9 and Class 11 were also postponed.

Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik had declared COVID-19 a ‘disaster’ for the state. “The Cabinet met this morning and declared COVID-19 as a ‘disaster’ for the state under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to adequately empower our public officials to combat the spread of the disease,” Patnaik said.