Tributes paid to ‘amazing’ nurse Nasreen, Rathod and other NHS staff for their bravery


MANCHESTER: A nurse with Coronavirus who died was an “amazing person” and “put herself last”, her sister says. Mother-of-three Areema Nasreen, 36, had been placed on a ventilator at Walsall Manor Hospital where she worked in the acute medical unit.

Ms Nasreen died in the early hours of Friday, after spending weeks in intensive care. Kazeema Nasreen said her sister “helped everyone with everything” and “was just a rare girl, not just at work”.

Handout picture of Walsall Manor Hospital nurse Areema Nasreen, who is on a ventilator in intensive care after contracting coronavirus. The picture of the mother-of-three was originally issued on February 15, 2019, shortly after she qualified as a nurse and began working on the hospital’s Acute Medical Unit.

She stated: “I said to my mum, ‘when all this is over, if you want to think about your daughter, just go past her ward, her memories are alive there’.

“She put herself last in the community back home. Any time she [found] out someone was suffering back home, she’ll send money. Someone wants to go to pilgrimage… she used to pay for the poor to go. “We’ve lost an amazing nurse, but we’ve lost also an amazing person in life.”

Areema Nasreen had “always dreamed of being a nurse”, said Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. She started out as a housekeeper in 2003, before working to gain her nursing qualification which she achieved in January 2019.


The UK’s largest nursing union has warned that it is “inevitable” more health workers will die with coronavirus. Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, spoke after the deaths of Ms Nasreen and fellow nurse Aimee O’Rourke.

Jitendra Rathod

An incredibly dedicated surgeon Jitendra Rathod surgeon has died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Cardiff. He was an associate specialist in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

He died in the hospital’s general intensive care unit early on Monday morning, health officials confirmed. A statement posted on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board website paid tribute to Mr Rathod.

It said the father-of-two had worked in the Department of Cardio-Thoracic surgery since the mid-1990s. After a brief stint abroad, Mr Rathod – known as Jitu to colleagues and friends – returned to the University Hospital of Wales.