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Coronavirus Warriors: Mumbai Mayor Dons Her Nursing Uniform To Motivate Frontline Heroes Fighting Against COVID-19

Mumbai’s first citizen and Mayor Kishori Pednekar donned her nursing uniform and visited BYL Nair Hospital to motivate the healthcare staff fighting against COVID-19

Coronavirus Warriors: Mumbai Mayor Dons Her Nursing Uniform To Motivate Frontline Heroes Fighting Against COVID-19
  • Mayor Kishori Pednekar had served as a nurse at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
  • Ms Pednekar interacted with nurses, medical students at BYL Nair Hospital
  • Serving COVID-19 patients is an opportunity, not an obligation: Ms Pednekar

New Delhi: India’s largest city, Maharashtra’s Mumbai, has the highest number of cases of Novel Coronavirus infections among other cities. Of the 9,318 positive cases of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, 3,029 are from Mumbai alone. At a time of crisis like this, when the healthcare staff is bending over backwards to battle it out, on Monday (April 27), Mumbai’s first citizen and Mayor Kishori Pednekar, donned her nursing uniform to motivate the healthcare staff – fighting the battle on the frontline.

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Dressed up as a nurse, the Mayor Pednekar, who had served as a nurse at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai before joining politics, visited Mumbai’s BYL Nair Hospital. She interacted with nurses, second and third year students of nursing, urging them to join the fight against the highly contagious disease. Addressing the healthcare staff on duty, Ms Pednekar made it very clear that serving those who have contracted COVID-19 is an opportunity and not an obligation or restriction.

Sharing the details of her visit and interaction with nurses through a video message on Twitter, Ms Pednekar said,

For those who really don’t want to work – maybe about two or three out of a hundred can talk to their respective deans and matrons. But those who do work will be recognised and rewarded by the Mayor’s office. I request the medical colleges, nursING college to give us names of the good second year and third year students.

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Considering the massive challenge, the second and third year students have been deployed on quarantine duty. The Mayor believes that it’s their first opportunity to face such a massive crisis.

In a 2-minute long video message shared on Twitter, Ms Pednekar also urged Mumbaikars to cooperate with the municipal corporation and stay at home. She added,

As a mayor, I can sit at home. But this position of a mayor is that of responsibility, not luxury. I have accepted this responsibility and the party leader has trusted me with it. The situation in Mumbai is terrible, no doubt. The COVID-19 infection is spreading rapidly but the citizens must stay at home. We have taken their responsibility and the citizens must oblige.

Watch Mayor Pednekar’s Message

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Ms Pednekar who is a three time Shiv Sena corporator shared her picture in a nurse’s uniform on Twitter and wrote, “Anything for Mumbai. We can’t do work from home, we are on the field for you, stay at your home, take care.”

The move was appreciated by party leaders; sharing the picture of Ms Pednekar, Aaditya Thackeray said, “Mumbai will fight and win against Coronavirus”. Another party leader Priyanka Chaturvedi praised the Mayor and wrote “duty before self.”

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