Oommen Chandy helps group of Malayalee students stranded in Coimbatore
Kozhikode: Former chief minister Oommen Chandy extended a helping hand to a group of Malayalee students stranded at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu during the nationwide lockdown to prevent the coronavirus pandemic.
The group of six students were from Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. They were working as optometry trainees at a private eye hospital in Coimbatore. They got trapped in their rented accommodation at Saravanampatti after lockdown was imposed.
As the hospital was working till March 24, they were unable to return home. As more and more COVID-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu, the students were unable to come out of their house. They soon ran out of food grains and money. They family members in Kerala were helpless as well.
The students called several people seeking help. They tried to contact Chief Minister Pinaray Vijayan over phone but the call went unanswered. Meanwhile, the students learned that former chief minister Oommen Chandy was taking part in a live program in a TV channel and called in that number.
“We wanted to return to Kerala. But Oommen Chandy advised against it,” said Mufeeda, one of the students told mathrubhumi.com.
Oommen Chandy told the students that restrictions were strictly imposed and they were responsible of following the norms of the lockdown. He convinced the students that if they reach Walayar, they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine and that remaining where they were was the sensible option. The Congress leader also promised to provide essential items to the students through volunteers.
“Later, volunteers provided us with food grains and other essential items,” Mufeeda said.
The hospital will reopen on April 15. Till then, the students are planning to stay safe at their rented accommodation, the students told mathrubhumi.com