Dharwad: On Republic Day, the district administration honoured KIMS Medicine Department Head Dr Ishwar Hasabi, KIMS Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Rajashekhar Dyaberi, and Dr Laxmikant Lokare of the community medicine department with District Level Sarvothama Seva Awards for their “extraordinary” work as government employees.
These COVID warriors were recognised for their tireless work during the first and second waves of COVID.
Dr. Hasabi treated COVID patients admitted to KIMS without fear of risking his life when the district began reporting cases.
COVID was a relatively new condition at the time, and the medical community as a whole was still grappling with how to properly grasp it.
He saved numerous lives during the pandemic. The government recognised his efforts, and he was presented with the award on Wednesday. Minister Halappa Achar, the District In-Charge Minister, did the honours.
Dr. Hasabi led the fight against the virus from the front, inspiring others to join the cause. Despite the fact that Dr. Hasabi should have been recognised for his work far sooner, the government finally honoured him with the award. Dr. Hasabi was delighted to receive the award, as were his colleagues, students, and admirers.
KIMS’s Deputy Medical Superintendent, Dr Rajashekhar Dyaberi, worked tirelessly throughout the first and second waves of the pandemic. Even at odd hours when the cases were surging like nothing else in the district, Dr. Dyaberi spent sleepless nights, answered countless calls from anxious patient relatives, and made arrangements for beds, medicines, and oxygen.
He took on a variety of roles and never refused to do any work that was given to him. During the peak of the second wave of COVID, Dr. Dyaberi and KIMS Director Dr. Ramlingappa prepared beds for the patients till 12 a.m., according to one of the COVID patient‘s relatives.
As COVID bed in charge, Dr Laxmikant Lokare, a community medicine physician, oversaw the swab collecting process at the swab collection centre. He made beds for patients regardless of when they arrived at KIMS. Dr. Lokare turned a one-stop shop for patients’ bed requirements then.
He now works as a COVID vaccine nodal officer at the KIMS immunisation centre, where he oversees the immunisation programme.
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