Indian grandpa nurse looking after ailing grandfathers in UAE

Indian grandpa nurse looking after ailing grandfathers in UAE

Sharjah - 'The UAE always encouraged male nurses.'



by

Ashwani Kumar

Published: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9:58 PM

Last updated: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 12:00 AM

Sharjah resident Hashim Arakagath, 63, is in a league of his own. This male nurse has spent 41 years serving people and doesn't believe in retirement.

"In 1977, I landed in Dubai. Next year, I joined nursing school in Rashid Hospital and completed a two-year course. Those two years, I worked as a trainee. I was there for 25 years and later moved to Al Baraha Hospital (now Al Kuwait Hospital) where I served for 15 years. For last two years, I am with a private clinic in Sharjah. These days, I also look after senior citizens as a home-care nurse. I attend ailing old people at homes of Emirati families. I am a grandfather and mostly tend to other local grandfathers. Most of them are lonely and I have made friends with them."

In 2004, when tsunami devastated Sri Lanka and southern parts of India, Arakagath felt pained. He joined a three-member social worker team to the affected areas. "I attended patients at camps and distributed medicines. When a natural disaster hits us, the least we can do is join hands to face it."

Arakagath has also done medical escort services and travelled with patients to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He said that unlike perception, male nurses are in big demand.

"Back in my native place of Kannur, Kerala, they didn't understand value of a male nurse. But their views are changing. The UAE always encouraged male nurses."

Arakagath said there was no better place to serve people than in the UAE.

"In the UAE, you have people from all parts of the world and different nationalities. I wouldn't be able to serve such a diverse category anywhere else. I can't retire from this profession as it brings me happiness. Nursing is my strength. I am occupied from 7am till noon and from 5pm to 8pm. I look after myself and balance work and rest hours. I have three grownup kids - two boys and a girl. They are all married and have kids of their own. I will be a grandfather nurse till my very end," he added.

ashwani@khaleejtimes.com


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