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Nipah outbreak | WHO pays tribute to Kerala nurse Lini Puthussery who died in line of duty

SNS | New Delhi |

The World Health Organization paid glowing tributes to Kerala’s young nurse Lini Puthussery who died of Nipah virus in May after treating one of the patients.

Lini died on May 21 after being infected by a patient whom she had treated initially at the Perambra Taluk hospital, where she was a nurse.

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

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Meanwhile, the hospital where Lini worked also wants to pay tribute to the nurse by changing its name from Perambra Taluk hospital to Angel Lini Memorial government hospital. According to reports, the hospital staff wants to rename the hospital as a tribute to the “true hero”.

Health Minister K K Shyalaja, who praised Lini for her dedication, has said the government would consider the demand and a final call would be taken after a detailed discussion.

A 28-year-old mother of two young boys, Lini died at the Kozhikode Medical college hospital days after being infected.

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In a poignant letter scribbled from her deathbed to her husband Sajeesh, the young nurse had said, “…am almost on the way. I don’t think I can meet you again….”

The letter had evoked an emotional response from across the world after it went viral on the social media.

The Kerala government has offered her husband a government job and a financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh each to her sons aged five and two.