Don't forget nurse Lini, says WHO as world pays tributes to Nipah victim

The letter and Lini | Courtesy: Manorama The letter and Lini | Courtesy: Manorama

The heart-rending tale of a young Kerala nurse, who laid down her life in service, is making waves across the world.

After magazine 'The Economist' paid rich tributes to the 28-year-old, the World Health Organization has saluted her selfless act. Director of the health workforce, World Health Organisation, Jim Campbell, has called the world's attention to the sacrifice of kind souls like Lini. In a tweet he has said," Remember them, lest we forget: Razan al-Najjar (Gaza); Lini Puthussery (India); Salome Karwah (Liberia). #WomeninGlobalHealth, #NotATarget.

The 28-year-old nurse had died after caring for the first known casualty of the Nipah outbreak that has so far claimed 16 lives in the north Kerala districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram.

The obit in 'The Economist' said that the young woman, who was a contract employee at the hospital, had done just what she should and her death epitomised, the sense of selfless service.

Lini's moving note to her husband Sajeesh, from her death bed, and her life found its way to the renowned publication's obit page that has featured the likes of actress Sridevi and physicist Stephen Hawkings.