WHO honours nurse Lini Puthussery who died battling Nipah virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has paid tributes to nurse Lini Puthussery, who passed away while taking care of patients affected with Nipah virus last month.

Lini Puthussery died of Nipah virus on May 21 after being infected by a patient, whom she treated initially at the Perambra Taluk hospital Calicut.

“Remember them, lest we forget: Razan al-Najjar (Gaza); Lini Puthussery (India); Salome Karwah (Liberia). #WomeninGlobalHealth, #NotATarget,” WHO’S Health Workforce Director Jim Campbell tweeted today.

A 28-year-old Lini died at the Calicut Medical college hospital days after being infected. Lini, the mother of two wrote a letter from her deathbed to her husband Sajeesh, had said “I am almost on the way. I don’t think I can meet you again….”

The letter went viral on social media and had evoked an emotional response from across the world. The Pinarayi Vijayan led Kerala government has offered her husband a government job and financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh each to her sons aged five and two.

Razan al-Najjar was shot dead in Gaza by Israeli snipers and Salome Karwah fought the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia.

Salome Karwah from Liberia, who was named by Time Magazine as ‘Person of the Year’ in 2014 for her work fighting Ebola in West Africa, died in February last year from childbirth complications in a hospital in Liberia after hospital staff allegedly refused to help her due to the stigma that still surrounds the disease.

(With PTI inputs)

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