Ambulance drivers have played a vital role during the Covid-19 pandemic. These drivers have put their lives at risk to help the patients suffering from Covid-19 to reach hospitals on time. Riyaz Ahmad, working as an ambulance driver with district hospital Bandipora just like other Covid warriors has also put his life at risk and ferried hundreds of Covid-19 patients to date.
Riyaz has relentlessly and selflessly helped several people during this pandemic. He has never stayed back when it comes to his duty.
â€œSince last one year, I have been on duty without taking any break. It is indeed tiring and exhausting, but my tiredness cannot get into my way when it comes to saving someoneâ€™s life,â€ he said.
Being on the frontline has also had its fair share of troubles. These drivers hardly get to share quality time with their families. Covid-19 has been in place for 14 months now and the life of these drivers has remained confined to hospitals and ambulances.
â€œI have my family and it is my responsibility to take care of them. I am prone to the virus though I take necessary precautions,â€ said Riyaz.
Riyaz is not living with his family currently; he is residing in a hospital quarter to avoid his family from getting infected from this deadly virus.
â€œThere is always the fear of spreading viruses even after I have a hot water shower and wash my clothes before going into my room or meeting somebody,â€ he said.
The virus has shown us the worst part of our society too, parents leave their children, children leave their old age parents, and nobody bothers to ask about the whereabouts of friends or relatives.
Riyaz has witnessed one such scary incident.
â€œLast year I got a call from a family residing in the main town Bandipora, two children of that family below the age of 18 had tested positive for Covid-19, I was shocked when their parents handed over these kids to me and said take them to the hospital,â€ said Riyaz.
He said, â€œI asked them, â€œWhy arenâ€™t you accompanying your children to the hospital?â€ to which they replied we fear contracting the virus.â€
Riyaz was told to take these two minors and get them admitted in the hospital.
â€œNo doubt it was my duty to take them to the hospital but in this case, I had to play the role of an attendant of these two children. I completed all the documentation in the hospital, I filled up their hospital forms and did all other things which were required at that point of time,â€ said Riyaz.
It was heartbreaking for Riyaz to see the condition of the people, to see how loved ones are not coming forward to help as everybody fears this deadly virus.
In a time when everything appears to be falling apart because of the pandemic, acts of humanity by people like Riyaz reinstalls our faith in the fact that we will overcome this deadly virus by helping each other.
Working in a stressed environment, as an ambulance driver, he is always on his toes, getting calls 24/7 and still being able to come forward to help is a relief for people like Riyaz.
After dropping the patient safely, he breathes a sigh of relief because he can now finally remove his PPE kit.