31 October, 2020

Meet The Corona Warriors: Indra Gupta, The Sarkari Doctor Aspiring To Keep Jaipur In The Pink Of Health

Indra Gupta is the deputy chief medical and health officer of Jaipur district. And she is leading a dedicated team working round-the-clock in battling the spread of coronavirus ever since Italian tourists proved positive

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Meet The Corona Warriors: Indra Gupta, The Sarkari Doctor Aspiring To Keep Jaipur In The Pink Of Health
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2020-03-20T12:46:06+05:30

Indra Gupta’s desk is full of clutter—sheaves of papers strewn all over, an old copy of a Hindi daily serving as the mouse pad for her desktop. The office is truly sarkari in character—mosaic floor, steel almirah, a bell to seek services of the peon, and a red and white striped towel on the chair. The sanitiser and a bunch of masks seem to be ­recent additions to the desk. Gupta is the deputy chief medical and health officer of Jaipur district. And she is leading a dedicated team working round-the-clock in battling the spread of coronavirus ever since the department found the first suspected patient earlier this month in the city of maharajas.

On March 2, an Italian tourist to Jaipur tested positive for coronavirus; later his wife tested positive too. He was from a batch of 23 tourists who had visited India and, save for the couple, were set to leave the country the same day. Gupta rushed to the hotel where he had stayed and started tracing people who might have come in contact with them—hotel staff, other guests, a tourist guide...

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