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BHOPAL: On the occasion of National Doctors’ Day, three outstanding Bhopal doctors waging a war on the coronavirus share their experiences during the pandemic and what lies ahead.
Dr. Parag Sharma (Associate Professor, Pneumology, Gandhi Medical College): “The pandemic didn’t hit doctors that hard professionally, but it changed their lifestyle. With masks and a PSA kit, every patient I examine these days seems to be a Covid patient. In the first few days when we didn’t know exactly what medication to use on Covid patients, it was really frustrating as a doctor. As a doctor, I’ve never felt so helpless as I did then. Covid-19 was like an “off-curriculum” question on an exam. During the second wave, I couldn’t bring bed and oxygen to as many of my friends. I received 500-600 calls for help every day, but there was very little I could do for them. I haven’t gone to a park or an ice cream parlor with my 4 year old daughter in so many days, but the satisfaction I have with treating patients is immense. ”
Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari (CMHO): “In the past, when HIV + and AIDS threatened to hit the world as a pandemic, universal precaution was mentioned for the first time. Wearing masks and social distancing are ways to protect yourself from Covid-19. Doctors are at higher risk because they have to treat an infected person. I start work at 6 a.m. and have little knowledge of when it is over. We have no social life, no family life since the outbreak of the pandemic. On Doctors Day I want to tell people that the coronavirus is still there and they should keep sticking to the norms and getting vaccinated. A vaccination prevents infection. Our goal is 100%, but even if we vaccinate 60-70% of people there will be herd immunity and the pandemic will lose its sting. ”
Dr. Lokendra Dave (State Coordinator, Covid Fight Team): “We have undoubtedly been under great stress since the outbreak of the pandemic, but we are all doing our best. We have a social responsibility to help people during the pandemic. My family members used to be scared, but I told them that “a soldier on the battlefield cannot say no when there is a war going on. It’s a war-like situation, especially in hospitals, and as a soldier I can’t leave the battlefield. If we can save a serious patient, people will appreciate our hard work. Many times I got emotional after a patient died, but I thank God He gave me the opportunity to help people who are suffering. The pandemic has taught people that making money is not everything, health counts, as well as love and care for family and friends. ”