Actress-turned-nurse Shikha Malhotra: We take pain to protect ourselves so that we can serve others

Actress Shikha Malhotra, who worked with Shah Rukh Khan in h

Actress-turned-nurse Shikha Malhotra: We take pain to protect ourselves so that we can serve others

Actress Shikha Malhotra, who worked with Shah Rukh Khan in h

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Actress-turned-nurse Shikha Malhotra: We take pain to protect ourselves so that we can serve others

Actress Shikha Malhotra, who worked with Shah Rukh Khan in his 2016 film Fan, is currently volunteering at Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Hospital in Mumbai to help fight the novel coronavirus. The 25-year-old actress has a degree in nursing from Delhi's Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital.

Speaking exclusively to India Today, Shikha narrated what urged her to come to the front line and put her nursing degree to good use. "When I heard PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation about the 21-day lockdown, I couldn't sit at home. As someone with a medical background, I realised the situation was serious. I started visiting hospitals in Mumbai from the very next day until I found a government hospital. I was directed to the medical superintendent, who then placed me in the isolation ward for Covid-19 as they were in need of staff." she said.

Talking about how she is dealing with the situation, given that hospitals are brimming with people infected with the virus, Shikha says, "When I hear stories about how doctors and nurses are being ostracised from their housing societies it appals me. We take great pains to protect ourselves because we need to be fit to serve the people. We wear multiple layers of protective sheets, masks and gloves. In fact going from one patient to another, we change gloves and sanitize our hands thoroughly. Even patients are scared of us, they are worried they might get the virus from us. Many of us are staying in the hospital hostels and not going to our homes, so that we are not exposed to the virus while commuting.".