Mumbai, Apr 27: Noted for her eye-catching saris, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Monday made heads turned for a different reason, when she again briefly donned the sparkling white uniform of a caring nurse with a cap.
The move, coming barely a fortnight before the world celebrates the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale on May 12, was intended to boost the morale of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) healthcare workers, particularly the contingent of nurses who brave great risks in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. A former nurse turned politician, Pednekar (57) is a four-time Shiv Sena corporator from G South ward, which covers large parts of Worli.
Years ago, she had worked as a nurse in the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Hospital in Uran, Raigad before joining the politics. Today, she took rounds of the BYL Nair Hospital & TN Medical College in Mumbai Central, casually interacting with the care-givers, chatting up with them while maintaining a 'social distance'. "We are all aware that we are passing through a crisis. Nurses are on the job. Even 2nd and 3rd year nursing students are working now. I have come to be with them to boost their morale," Pednekar told mediapersons from behind her masked face.