As said by Jitender Kumar, the ambulance driver Aarif Khan ferried about 200 bodies since March. Though he ensured that everyone gets a farewell, his own family could not give him that. They saw him from far away and for a few minutes.
Ambulance driver who ferried about 200 bodies dies of the virus in Delhi:
Aarif Khan used to sleep in parking lots 28 km from his home to avoid the virus being carried to his family. His home is in Seelampur in Northeast Delhi. And for six months he was in touch with his wife and four children over the phone. He was on call all day and night and ferried patients of covid 19. Also, he carried its victims to their last rites.
Aarif Khan died due to the virus at Hindu Rao Hospital. He was 48. He succumbed to the disease on Saturday morning. Aarif was employed with Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sew Dal. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal provides free emergency services in NCR. As said by Aarif’s colleagues, he used to help with the rituals if a deceased’s near ones were not present.
Aarif had breathing difficulty and on 3rd October he fell sock. He got a covid test done. He was found positive. After one day being admitted to hospital he died. Aadil,22 is Khan’s son. Aadil revealed that last time He came home, he was already sick. His family was always worried about him. However, as Aadil said, Aarif never bothered about Covid. He just wanted to do his job quite well.
Asif, the other son said, “I didn’t even get to say goodbye to him… How will we survive without him?” Khan was the only earning member of the family. He earned Rs 16000 per month out of which they had to pay their house rent of Rs 9000. Aadil and his brother used to do some odd jobs.