Meet the two superheroes at the kids isolation ward in Pathanamthitta
Pathanamthitta: From the last two weeks, eight children were put under observation at the corona isolation ward in Pathanamthitta general hospital. Though they were forced to be inside a closed room, they were not angry at anyone. They were seen in all smiles and enjoyed a gala time here. The secret behind their happiness was the two employees at the hospital who are always ready to meet the children’s wishes.
Biju and Jyothish are the two employees who became the favourite of the children under observation for coronavirus infection. Murinjakal native TK Biju and Bhoothankara native Jyothish are grade 2 employees at the hospital.
They were deployed for duty at isolation ward after the hospital opened more isolation wards with new cases of coronavirus reported in the district. From March 8, the duo was engaged in duty at the isolation ward where 8 children belong to the age group of one-and-half year to 6 years are accommodated.
Among the children, the youngest one who was one-and-half-years, is a gulf returnee. As he used to cry often, Biju and Jyothish had a tough time to manage him. They tried various tricks to please him but it all went in vain.
Finally, one day they asked him what he wants to stop crying, the toddler pointed out at ‘Kanikonna’ flowers (Cassia fistula) which was seen from the room. And then, Biju climbed on the tree and plucked some flower for him. The little one became super happy and stopped crying after receiving the flowers.
Following this incident, the duo used to bring flowers, toys and comic books for the children.
They served milk and biscuit to the children every day between 6.30 and 7.00 in the morning. At 10 in the morning, they were served special baby food and steamed banana to other children.
Children who refuse to have lunch were forced to have juice or fruits. At 4 in the evening, bread and jam is served for all. For dinner, Biju and Jyoithish made the children's plate colourful with boiled vegetables or fruits. Chocolate and packaged food items were also provided to the children to make them happy and comfortable.
“In the first few days, the children were quite uncomfortable to adjust to the hospital atmosphere. But later, they got adjusted with all the people here. I think, compared to the adults, managing them was quite easy. We treated them like our own children,” said Biju.
Biju and Jyothish took a break from their job after the last child under observation tested negative for coronavirus and left for home last Sunday.