A woman auto driver Eche Laibi Oinam from Manipur was rewarded on Thursday for helping out a cured COVID-19 patient. She helped a girl who lives 100 km away from the Imphal city to reach home. Oinam volunteered to drop off a 22-year-old recovered girl to her hometown in the Kamjong district for this she was rewarded by the state.

Manipur’s Chief Minister, N Biren Singh handed over a check of Rs 1.1 lakh to Laibi Oinam for her selfless act.

Complementing Laibi Oinam for her “hard work and service above self”, Singh wrote, “Glad to honour and hand over a cash reward of Rs 1,10,000 to Smt Laibi Oinam, a auto driver from Pangei who took the trouble to take the discharged girl from JNIMS covering 8 hours journey to Kamjong.”

What You Should Know

  • Eche Laibi Oinam is a woman auto driver in Imphal who recently helped a cured COVID-19 patient reach her hometown.
  • She was awarded Rs 1.1 lakh by Chief Minister of Manipur.
  • Laibi Oinam took a recovered girl home in Kamjong district, 100 km away from the Imphal city.
  • The girl was discharged from JNIMS Hospital in Imphal on May 31.

An overnight journey with a newly recovered COVID-19 patient

The girl Somichon Chithung hails from Skipe village. She was being treated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal. After the ambulance service refused to take her home, Laibi Oinam volunteered to help the young girl, East Mojo reported.

As per reports, Laibi Oinam did not care about the foggy climatic condition. It took them at least eight long hours to reach Kamjong and the auto driver braved an overnight ride to a hill district with her husband from Imphal.

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Speaking with EastMojo earlier, Laibi Oinam said that she was “happy that at least I was there for the girl to help though we were strangers to each other then.”

According to reportsLaibi Oinam is a mother of two sons and the sole breadwinner in the family. A documentary film based on her life titled Auto Driver had won best social issue film in the non-feature category at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2015 and Best Short Documentary in the Audience Choice category at the 2017 Women’s Voices Now Film Festival.

Her heartwarming gesture broke the social media.

Feature Image Credit: N Biren Singh/Twitter

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