Corona warrior: Odisha officer performs duty despite colorectal cancer surgery

Berhampur: Despite not being in the pink of health, this Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) officer has been toiling day in and day out, in this hour of Covid-19 situation.

Meet Tehsildar of Digapahandi Aditya Swain who is one of the numerous unsung Covid-19 warriors.

Swain was diagnosed with colorectal cancer about six months ago. Though he underwent surgery and was administered chemotherapy, he is supposed to be taking rest to recover from the excruciating pain. However, he chose duty over everything and became a front-line warrior to keep the virus at bay.

Adding the official to the list of unsung warriors, Ganjam district magistrate has acknowledged the efforts of Swain, who is spearheading the mission in fight against the highly infectious disease by sidelining his own health complications.

Recognizing Swain’s high spirits in the crucial time, the Collector and District Magistrate of Ganjam, Vijay Amruta Kulange on his official Twitter handle, addressed him a ‘COVID Warrior’.

He could not stop himself from praising the official, who is battling with the cancer and leading the war against COVID-19 simultaneously.

The Health & Family Welfare Department has already made it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to affect people with existing medical history and weak immunity. However, the cancer history could not pose as barrier to him from carrying on his assignments. Swain preferred to join hands with the local administration and contribute his part to ensure the safety of people in Digapahandi.


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