Amid coronavirus outbreak, the nation is under lockdown but there are few essential workers who are in the frontline such as doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, healthcare professionals, policemen, IAS officers who are fighting the virus to keep us safe. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Kerala IAS Officer Violates Home Quarantine Protocol, Traced in UP

In a heartwarming gesture, health officer named Ashraf Ali, in charge of sanitation for Bhopal Municipal Corporation, continued to work and do his duty on Wednesday when he received the news of his mother’s death. Also Read - Kanika Kapoor Party Fiasco: Vasundhara Raje, Son Dushyant Singh Test Negative For Coronavirus

Notably, Ali is responsible for sanitizing homes, streets and markets that is essential to contain the virus. Aware of his crucial work during such times of crises, he decided to finish his job of sanitizing homes in Bhopal first. Even in such a situation, he decided to serve his motherland. Also Read - IAS Officer Resumes Duty a Day After Father's Demise to Combat Coronavirus, Netizens Call Him 'Real Hero'

Speaking to NDTV, he said, “Nothing’s more valuable than one’s mother. After your mother comes your motherland, which is in danger. I came to know about my mother’s death at 8 am, but also had my duty to my country. I went in the afternoon for the burial but returned to work later.”

Vijay Dutta, Bhopal’s Municipal Commissioner applauded Ali and called him a ‘true hero’. He further praised him and said, “Ashraf Ali is an inspiration for our staff – he sanitises between 5,000 and 7,000 houses in the city.”

Just like Ashraf, Irfan Khan, another member of Bhopal Municipal Corporation, decided to bury his pain and instead work for the nation with his broken collarbone and fractured right hand. He is a data manager with Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) of the health department and recently met with an accident while driving to his office.

Speaking to NDTV, he said, “We all need to make sacrifices now to win the fight against COVID-19. Doctors asked me to rest but I found the energy to complete my assigned task.”

A few days back in a similar event, IAS officer Nikunja Dhal, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department in Odisha, had to return to his duty, 24-hours after his father’s demise.