Shareef Cheriyodath is a postmaster by profession who is burying COVID-19 patients in Thrikkannapuram and disinfecting homes voluntarily after his working hours.
Shareef Cheriyodath is seeking nothing but sincere prayers and blessings from people during these difficult times. He works at the Thrikkannapuram post office, and after his work at noon, he goes out and delivers service. Cheriyodath is burying COVID-19 patients in Thrikkannapuram while disinfecting homes and government offices in the same area.
He has taken part in 7 burials of COVID-19 patients as of 16th May. Usually, the family members of the COVID-19 patients have to go for a mandatory quarantine. So, they can't participate in the burial. While some of them seek someone responsible to be a part of the burial process. In such cases, Cheriyodath takes the responsibility and joins other volunteers for the burial.
Cheriyodath also has been disinfecting homes, banks, and government offices. For this, he even bought a machine worth Rs. 30,000. He does it for free but charges a small fee for purchasing disinfectants as he cannot afford the cost of materials. But, this is not the first time he is helping people. Since 2011 Cheriyodath has been an active social worker.
He also helps cancer patients with complex health issues and those who are staying alone in their homes. He has worked with his brother Ali Valiyaparambil and has helped people conduct burials for free. Now, because of the pandemic, he is focussing more on COVID-related services. Cheriyodath was tested positive with COVID-19. For him, his family members are his only concern during these voluntary activities. He feels if he gets infected, chances are high that his family members will also contract the infection. That's why he takes all the precautions.
Source: The New Indian Express