National Doctor’s Day 2020: Health workers combating..rders and COVID-19 together, says casualty ward doctor
His weight was 76 kilos before the pandemic, and it’s now 68 kilos. His urine is a dark yellow - which all healthcare workers who wear PPE kits for shifts lasting six to eight hours are likely to have as well, due to dehydration and accumulation of toxic wastes in the body. Double masks, protective glasses and double gloves on top of the heat and humidity that Delhi has seen this summer, and yet doctors like Sneh Mohan Soni continue to set their personal lives and needs aside to serve patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To say that these are hectic times for doctors is an understatement. Dr Soni is a Junior Resident in the Casualty department at the Delhi's Indira Gandhi ESIC Hospital in the Jhilmil area and is serving as the Chief Medical Officer during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview on the occasion of National Doctor’s Day - which is celebrated on 1 July every year - Dr Soni explained how it’s not just doctors serving in the COVID-19 wards who have had to face many challenges.
“When you work in a COVID ward, you know all your patients are positive and you have to take every precaution. A casualty ward witnesses the inflow of all types of patients, suffering from ailments from fever to tuberculosis,” he said, further explaining that until the test results come back, you can’t tell which patients have infectious diseases and which don’t. This means you have to constantly take all precautions, be aware ...
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