30 - 11 - 2020

Mumbai mayor dons nurse’s uniform to motivate students

Mumbai, April 28,2020:Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Monday donned her nurse’s uniform for a meeting with nursing students who have been roped in to work in the city’s Covid-19 wards.

Pednekar, who was a former nurse with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Hospital (JNPT) in Uran near Mumbai before entering politics full-time, said she donned the uniform to persuade nursing students who were apprehensive about contracting the virus.

“Nursing students and their parents were worried about these young girls falling sick

because of the virus. I told them that this was an opportunity to learn how to handle a crisis,” Pednekar told reporters at the hospital.

The mayor visited the civic-run BYL Nair Hospital and the attached Topiwala National Medical College from where the final year nursing students have been roped in for deployment in the Covid-19 wards.

According to the mayor she had worked as a nurse for 10 years. She borrowed the nurse’s uniform from the staffers of the BYL Nair hospital, according to civic sources.

Pednekar, 57, had gone into quarantine earlier this month after interacting with several journalists who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The mayor however subsequently tested negative for the virus.

(TNS)