Frontline doctors in pain: How Covid crisis hitting them amid pandemic

Bhubaneswar: Like darkness beneath the lamp, video of a doctor in Odisha emotionally pleading the government to help his ailing mother struggling with Coronavirus is a perfect example of humanitarian crisis faced by these frontliners who are leading the battle against the pandemic.
Tahseen Anwar, a doctor of Rourkela admitted her mother to a hospital in Rourkela after her health condition deteriorated a few days ago. Initially, she was tested negative for Covid but since she was suffering from various chronic diseases like CKD, the doctors referred her for better treatment in Bhubaneswar where surprisingly she was tested Covid positive at Vivekanand hospital two days ago.
Anwar alleged that his mother was neither transferred to any dedicated Covid hospital nor provided better treatment despite her vulnerability and information to concerned authorities. Following which, he took to social media to seek government help.
In a video, Anwar pleaded Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to direct authorities to help him and after a report appeared on a Odia private TV news channel, finally, the administration came to his rescue.
While such incident points towards apathy and neglect, intellectuals have questioned that if doctors have to go through such trauma during Covid crisis, it is better not to think about the crisis of the common man.
Hard work which a doctor does as part of his duty during such harsh times is just a tip of the iceberg that these frontliners are risking everything so that the society can escape from the claws of the global killer.
The pains the doctors have to go through during their duties without caring for own safety and welfare also shows another side of their true commitment.
“Staying for hours on a stretch inside PPE kits during Covid duty has been really tough for us because it makes us breathless and anxious. Neither we are allowed to drink eat or even get rid of the kit during duty hours and even more painful is that we cannot even go to toilets until we finish off our job for the day. The experience is inexplicable,” says Dr Priyadarshini Behera, who is in charge of a Covid hospital.
But despite all this, Covid crisis seems to be taking a toll on the real corona fighters. As per country’s leading national media reports, as many as 1279 doctors have been infected by Covid19 so far.
A report published by the Indian Medical Association says that 90 of them have lost their lives to the virus.
In Odisha too where the viral pandemic has begun to rage, as many as 20 doctors have also tested positive for the virus which is a concern for all.
President of OMSA Narayan Rout said so far 106 doctors have died out of which 90 were treating Covid patients across the country. In Odisha, even though 20 doctors have already been infected fortunately no deaths have been reported.

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