A woman who was earlier employed as a bus driver for a college has begun driving an ambulance due to financial crunch prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. After colleges remained shut due to the pandemic, Deepa Joseph from Kozhikode began earning a living by driving an ambulance.
Deepa was a bus driver at Puliyavu National Arts and Science College. When businesses took a hit, a friend informed her about the vacancy for an Ambulance driver at Pranavam Trust.
Kerala: Deepa Joseph from Kozhikode who used to work as bus driver at a college, started driving ambulance after colleges were shut in view of #COVID19.— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
She says, "I took this job as I was facing financial crisis. Not many jobs are available due to the pandemic." (05.08.2020) pic.twitter.com/p4ARKAajmS
Deepa, daughter of Vilangad native Joseph, secured her four-wheeler license 15 years back. "I took this job as I was facing a financial crisis. Not many jobs are available due to the pandemic," NDTV quoted Joseph as telling ANI.
"I live with my husband, mother and two kids. My son is studying in the 10th standard and my daughter in the 8th standard. They fully support my work," she added.
The COVID-19 crisis has crippled all sectors of the economy, not only in India but across the world, with public transport being one of the worst-affected sectors. It would likely face long-term effects due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis has deepened these financial difficulties further.