“I got married recently and shifted to Africa along with my husband who works as a civil servant. It had just been 3 months in Africa when we got the news about the Corona Virus pandemic.
The virus hadn’t reached India by then but as an Indian surgeon, I decided to move to India to help if need be. I came to India and became a part of a volunteer group of private practitioners who are responsible for testing patients for Corona Virus in certain parts of Mumbai.
Since my hair is long and couldn’t be covered under the Hamzat suits, I cut them to protect myself and others. I also donated them to a cancer org. that makes wigs for cancer patients
Recently, we came across a group of 7 people in Worli Koliwada who had tested positive for Corona virus. Since it is an area with high population density, the chances of other people contracting the virus is high. The government is making sure that the lakhs of people, the community is composed of, be tested.
We often criticise the government for not doing their bit but I must tell you by experience that the government is doing a great job in dealing with the pandemic and it is our duty as citizens to do our bit.
I often get asked that why did I choose to come back and help when I had a comfortable life in Africa? And I always say that what’s the point of me being a doctor when I cannot help my country in crisis!”
-Dr. Divya Singh