It’s the golden hour and the airport lobby is gloriously sunlit. The colossal geometry of the roof and the planes appearing intermittently on the tarmac behind make Rakesh Saini’s new, hopefully temporary workplace appear very stately. Saini, 32, is a medical officer posted at a government hospital in Kotputli in Jaipur district. But since January 28, he has been employing his skills at the Jaipur airport. The outbreak of coronavirus has prompted authorities to set up a medical desk at the airport that screens passengers for symptoms.
Saini says that when the state health department decided to deploy doctors, he voluntarily enlisted himself. “The idea of being part of the team fighting this pandemic excited me,” says Saini. “While everybody is distant and away, we are fighting it up close.”