Thrissur: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday took to Facebook to pay tribute to a young male nurse who died in an accident here.
The 23-year-old male nurse, rushing home to meet his mother with his first salary earned after taking care of patients in a COVID-19 isolation ward, was killed in a road mishap near here on Friday.
After finishing his work at the isolation ward of the taluk hospital at nearby Kunnamkulam, the nurse was on his way home with his salary when his motorcycle collided with a rice-laden lorry.
Ashif was a temporary nurse and had joined for work in mid-March.
The hospital authorities remembered him as an enthusiastic youth ever willing to help the COVID-19 patients, when many others would hesitate.
He also doubled up a help desk staff.
In his Facebook post, the Chief Minister said during these difficult times, the contribution of Ashif was laudable.
"We join in the sorrow of the family," Vijayan said in the post with the youth's photograph.
Ashif is survived by his mother and a sister, who is a student-nurse.