Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 14
When a 16-year-old student turned up at Ajay Kant’s doorstep, her music teacher, he did not open the door. Little did she know that an unfortunate incident had befallen when repeated knocks went unanswered. So, she went around the back of the property, sought aid from a helper and got the door opened to find Ajay Kant lying on the bathroom floor – unable to move.
A member of the Harivallabh committee, kurta clad religious attendee of the festival, he is a familiar face for all those who have been attending the sammelan for many years. However, on Sunday, the committee was in for a shock when a student informed office-bearers that his health was deteriorating thrusting the Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha to step in to ensure treatment of the 85-year-old classical music aficionado.
Admitted to the Civil Hospital first, he has now been admitted to PIMS in Jalandhar where he tested positive for Covid on Friday.
Previously a teacher with a school in Jalandhar for over a decade, post retirement Kant’s services were enlisted at the Harivallabh Sangeet Academy. Accorded pension by the sabha, he also lived on the same property.
General secretary of the Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha, Deepak Bali, who has been attending to Kant since Sunday said his condition came as a surprise. “On Sunday after a call from the student we realised Ajay Kant ji was very unwell. While he has been staying at the Harivallbah Academy for years, he is a dedicated member who has lent years of service to the sabha and his contributions are precious to us. Since he lives all alone, we deemed it our duty to lend him help.”
While Bali – who also previously tested positive himself – has been regularly visiting Kant along with other members of the committee. To ensure proper care, an attendant has also been hired to monitor his health at all times.
CEO PIMS, Amit Singh, while speaking to The Tribune, said, “An issue had arisen regarding the patient last night. We had run out of level 3 beds due to which it was getting difficult to provide a bed for him. However, we later had an opening in the Covid ward after which the patient was shifted there. He is being treated there now and proper care of the patient is being taken.”
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