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Kundan Kumar

Alisha Akhani

Kundan’s job entails shifting patients from the ambulance to the emergency department, and to the respective wards and ICUs. During the second wave, he shifted hundreds of COVID patients efficiently, helping them ease into the hospital environment.

“I am just a medium, madam. We can only help people. There’s nothing more we can do,” he says. In the emergency department, Kundan observes and inquisitively asks questions about every procedure that takes place. "It costs around 60,000 a year, and hence, I’m working round the clock,” he says.

He has a strong foundation of practical knowledge – accrued with interest from his grueling nights in the hospital corridors but he feels he just needs time to study the theoretical aspects.

“I want to become a nurse and will give my exam for a nursing course in September,” he says.

Kundan, 21, who is originally from Bihar, came to Gujarat looking for work to make ends meet. During the day, he works at a home-based healthcare setup and in the evening, grinds out night shifts as an attendant in the Trauma and Emergency care center at a hospital whilst barely getting three hours of rest.

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