One year since Sister Lini’s demise; A tearful memory of Nipah outbreak
Perambra: Last month, Qatar FM radio ‘Radio Suno’ had a special guest from Kerala. It was Rithul, son of nurse Lini who died after being affected with Nipah virus last year. Rithul arrived at the studio with his father Sajeesh and returned after singing a beautiful song.
A Gulf journey with Rithul was Lini’s last request to Sajeesh. She had mentioned the same in a short note written for her husband during her last moments. Sajeesh attended the programme ‘Bhoomiyile Malaghakal’ organised by Federation of Indian Nurses in Qatar. He took Rithul with him to fulfil Lini’s last wish. The trailer of the movie ‘Virus’ based on the Nipah outbreak also was screened at the same venue.
It has been one year on May 21, since Lini died of Nipah virus attack while she was working in Perambra taluk hospital. She was admitted to Kozhikode Medical College when Sajeesh was working in Bahrain. Sajeesh met her one last time on May 20 in the ICU. Later, he got a note in her handwriting which she wrote after realising that her days are counted. The letter also has been kept framed along with Lini’s photograph.
After their mother passed away, both Rithul and Siddharth need father for everything. Presently, Sajeesh is working as a clerk in Koothali primary health centre. He received the appointment from government after Lini’s demise. When Sajeesh leaves for work, the children are taken care of by Lini’s mother Radha. Rithul will be in class 1 when school reopens. He has been admitted to Chembanoda Raymond Public School. The younger son Siddharth is only three years old.
On the first death anniversary of Lini, Sajeesh will be visiting temple with the children. A commemoration ceremony will be organised by KGNA (Kerala Government Nurses Association) in Kozhikode in the afternoon. Staff council of Perambra taluk hospital also will conduct a remembrance event. Sajeesh will receive a souvenir in the memory of Lini. Block panchayat president A. Sathi will unveil a portrait of Lini at the hospital.
An anganwadi is being constructed in Lini’s birth place to cherish her memory. The new block built in Perambra hospital will be named after Lini. A memorial bus stop will be built in the hospital stop. KGNA has also formed Lini Charitable trust in her memory.