Karnataka’s 85-year-old pond digger recovers from COVID-19

Mandya, August 4

Karnataka’s octogenarian farmer Kamegowda, whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme for digging 16 ponds round his village to preserve water in Karnataka’s Mandya district, recovered from COVID after 14 days of therapy at a state-run hospital right here.

“Kamegowda, 85, is relieved to be out of the hospital and happy to be back home at his village (Dasandoddi). The district administration gave him a royal farewell with a music band after he was discharged on Monday evening,” his affiliate Okay. Shivappa from close by Malavalli city informed IANS on cellphone.

Mandya is about 100 km southwest of Bengaluru within the southern state on method to Mysuru.

Though Kamegowda was reluctant to get admitted to the district hospital after he examined COVID constructive at dwelling on July 21, as he’s towards Allopathic medicines and his proper leg was injured, he relented when an ambulance was rushed to ferry him to Mandya from his village.

“Kamegowda had to be cajoled and convinced that his family members too will get infected if he stayed at home and hence should shift to the hospital for treatment on July 22,” Shivappa recalled.

With his ecological feat drawing Modi’s consideration and the media carrying his achievement throughout the nation, Kamegowda obtained particular care and a paramedic was deputed to take care of him, as he was unable to stroll to the bathroom or eat correctly as he cannot digest strong meals in previous age.

“Doctors, his son Krishna and nurses made him take gruel (ganji) and fruits to restore his health. He responded well to the COVID treatment to recover from the infection in two weeks,” Shivappa identified.

When Kamegowda reached dwelling, the village people cheered and honoured him for staging a outstanding restoration at his age from the dreaded illness.

Mandya Deputy Commissioner M.V. Venkatesh joined the hospital employees, together with district well being officer H.P. Manchegowda, hospital superintendent G. Sivakumar and Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences Principal Okay.M. Shivakumar in sending off Kamegowda to dwelling after discharge.

“It is a joy to see Kamegowda being discharged from the hospital on recovering completely from coronavirus. Special thanks to the hospital staff,” stated Venkatesh on the event.

In his month-to-month radio programme “Mann ki baat” on June 28, Modi stated with the onset of the southwest monsoon in lots of elements of the nation, the individuals ought to follow rain-water harvesting to guard the setting, as Kamegowda was doing in Karnataka though he was over 80 years previous.

“Kamegowda has dug 16 ponds through his hard work. He is a simple farmer, but his personality is extraordinary. The work done by him sets him apart from others. At his age, Kamegowda takes cattle for grazing and has dug ponds in his village. When asked about his feat, he said as there was water shortage in his area, he was digging more ponds to conserve water for the people,” stated Modi in his nationwide handle.

Though ponds dug by Kamegowda might not be massive, his efforts have been big, Modi had stated.

“Kamegowda is an inspiration for the people in the country, as he has been forming water bodies over 4 decades, which have turned the Kundinibetta hillock green and provided water for drinking and farming,” an official stated then.

The state authorities honoured Kamegowda with the Rajyotsava award in 2019 in recognition of his yeomen neighborhood service.


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