Minimum protection, maximum work: Kochi’s waste collectors do their best during COVID days

Kochi: Mohanan, a native of Edakochy on the suburbs of Kochi, starts his work at 5:30am in the morning everyday. He travels over 10 km on his bike to reach Kaloor, in the heart of the city, to collect garbage from houses, flats and shops. Once the waste is collected on a three-wheeler rickshaw, he hands it over to the Kochi corporation’s staff who in turn take it to the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant. After he is done with the day’s job around 10 am, he returns home, often with an empty stomach.

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dr rajeev jayadevan

Dr Rajeev Jayadevan completed his MBBS and MD General Medicine with top honors from Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore in 1995. He received training in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
He has extensive international experience of performing over 19,000 endoscopies. He was awarded MRCP (UK) from England in 1996. He obtained Board Certification in Medicine and Gastroenterology (Fellowship) from New York Medical College, and spent 3 years in the UK and 10 years in the US before returning to his hometown of Kochi. He established the department of Gastroenterology at Sunrise Hospital Cochin.

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