Reportedly, Ali's mother Noor Jahan Begum was suffering from a prolonged illness
He told NDTV, "Nothing 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."
Ali performed the last rites in the afternoon and returned to work hours later.
Despite serious accident, another official also kept working
Like Ali, one Irfan Khan also kept working despite suffering grievous injuries in an accident. Khan, who is a data manager at the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) of Madhya Pradesh's health department, suffered an accident on Monday.
He was traveling to his office from AIIMS Bhopal. Khan's collarbone was broken and his right hand was fractured, but that didn't stop him.
"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," Khan told NDTV. IDSP helps the health department form strategies to battle the disease.