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The social story of compassionate and beneficent Doctor Govathi Nikhila

It was a moment of pride for Dr Govathi Nikhila when she received the prestigious Best Young Researcher Award at the National Gratitude Awards ceremony in March 2020. Her consistent hard work, grit, and determination were finally recognized. But she had never done it to fetch awards and popularity all that the motivated woman wanted was to articulately and holistically describe the reasons behind dysphagia. 

Apart from being a competent medical professional, Nikhila is a kind-hearted lady who believes in the power of social work and feels that no human being should be deprived of medical facilities because of their economic and social backwardness. Her magnanimous personality has come to the rescue of many people in need during the treacherous Coronavirus Pandemic, technically called Covid-19.



Helping during the pandemic

Days after she received the award, the Covid-19 pandemic began making inroads into India, and a Nationwide Lockdown was imposed to curb its menace. A sense of panic, disquiet, and fear prevailed across the nation. The novel nature of the virus had even experts stumbling for possible solutions. There was a scarcity of beds, ventilators, ICUs, oxygen cylinders, etc., and patients were running helplessly from hospital to hospital in search of vacancies. At that time, Dr Govathi was in Hyderabad and was approached by the families of many Covid patients for help. They were in dire need of oxygen cylinders and had her as their last hope. Though the lady doctor was not very influential, her determination to help was strong enough to fetch successful results. She rummaged through her contacts and, somehow, managed to get the required number of cylinders for the seekers. The experience moved her a lot, and she decided to assist the patients in need. Govathi purchased some oxygen cylinders with her own money and distributed them free of cost to the patients hailing from a poor financial background. She also provided PPE kits to nurses and other members of a nearby hospital. Her knack to be at the forefront in times of crisis made her travel to rural areas and conduct Covid tests free of cost. The benevolent woman has since then been trying to reach out to as many affected people as possible. With meals, clothes, and other necessary things, she has regularly been available to those without proper shelter. Her aim has always been to bring positivity in such trying times when people need to be overt with the humane values they carry.


 

Tips to stay afloat until the pandemic wanes

When the entire world is waiting for an effective vaccine for the virus, Nikhila feels people should take responsibility and adopt a healthy lifestyle. It is imperative to focus on the prevention of the spread of the virus, which is only possible with the use of masks, sanitisers, and good hygiene habits. One must include a diet that can help in boosting immunity and avert future ailments. Though it is mentally tough to stay afar from loved ones, one must always maintain physical distancing until the situation improves. Only the advent of a vaccine won’t help the initiative has to come from the general public. We, as a society, need to take the task into our hands and complement the efforts made by the government, security personnel, and the Corona Warriors, as the medical fraternity has come to be popularly known. Only then could we overcome this disaster and do justice to the sacrifices made by them.


 

Intelligent, polite, selfless, and altruistic are the words to describe the personality of Dr. Govathi Nikhila. She has not only come out as a leading young researcher but also as a social pillar that the country needed in Corona times. Her benignant efforts have saved many lives while further motivating others to help those in need. She has created an opportunity out of adversity and reached out to the people at the last thread of our social structure. Moreover, her attitude has remained positive while dealing with difficult situations and limited resources. Surely, we need more people like the gracious doctor to keep the values of humanity alive.


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