Kerala gives government job for nurse Lini’s spouse, who died battling Nipah

Extending a helping hand to the family of nurse Lini Puthussery on Monday, a senior administrative officer of the state Health Department issued an order offering a government job to Sajeesh, husband of nurse Lini Puthussery, who died in the line of duty during the crisis caused by Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode and neighboring districts in Kerala in May.

Sajeesh reportedly will now work as a lower division clerk in an office under the Kozhikode Medical Officer.

31-year-old Lini, who was in the team developed the fever after attending to a Nipah patient in EMS Memorial Cooperative hospital at Perambra in Kozhikode.

Lini’s husband Sajeesh used to work in Bahrain, while Lini and her children stayed back home in Kozhikode. However, after Lini’s untimely death, Sajeesh was unable to go back to Bahrain.

The government had also declared a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to both of Lini’s children.

Lini’s death had caused widespread grief across the country. After she died the following morning, a heart-wrenching note she had written to her husband has been widely shared on social media.

“I think I am almost on my way; I don’t think I’ll be able to see you. Please look after our children. Take them with you to the Gulf; don’t be all alone like our father, please,” Lini had written in a note while battling with Nipah.

Lini couldn’t see her family before she died. Also, she was cremated quickly so the infection wouldn’t spread.

The government declared a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of all the deceased patients.

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