Since the onset of the epidemic, health workers have been worshiped to treat patients with code 19, but they have also been attacked for doing their own thing.
Five doctors and nurses are treating coronavirus patients, some of whom have been asked to remain anonymous, to share their experiences.
Doctor, Karachi, Pakistan
“A mob attacked and broke into the code ward. I was devastated ‘
Since the onset of the epidemic, we have faced resistance from patients and their families who do not believe the corona virus is present. In November last year, when I was talking to a cousin 19 patient’s relative in critical condition, I asked him to sign a permit that would allow us to air the patient. He started abusing me verbally. “Doctors can slip to any level for money,” he said, adding that “doctors are deliberately killing Cove 19 patients for money.”
A family called for the body of a relative who died in Cove 19. We refused according to WHO rules. I was filling out a new patient file when a A mob of about 50 people stormed and vandalized the Cove Ward At Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi. They took the body out of the hospital but could not find an ambulance to transport it. Security forces arrived and handed over the body to us to control the situation.
It was very difficult for us to realize what had just happened. I was devastated. In front of my eyes, they smashed the glass at the reception, threw important files on the floor and smashed the computer. Some were carrying guns. All the female doctors were immediately taken to a room and locked up until help was sought for security. The hospital lost about 24,000.
After that, my family tried to persuade me to go to work, but obviously this is not an option.
Monica Kalazan, Nurse, Sao Paulo, Brazil
“I was part of a sect,” he said.
I was The first person in Brazil to receive the vaccine. As soon as I had it, the attacks on social media started. People created several fake accounts using my profile on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
They started swearing at me, insulting my personal integrity, making fake news about me. I took part in the trials but got a placebo, not a vaccine. People said I was an artist to accept the covid vaccine.
The racist insult was the worst. He said that if they continued to inject monkeys, there would be no vaccine left for humans. “I was part of a sect,” he said. There were many curses. It was all on social media because they did not have the courage to say this while looking at me. I thank God it’s not part of my daily life. I have never been in pain at the hospital where I work.
Ever since the epidemic began, I have been caring for cowardly patients. I have been working in hospitals for over 30 years. This is the first time I have seen the number of deaths, the number of incidents and getting worse all the time. This is a new and sad experience. We are with the patients in a very serious situation. There have been about 500,000 deaths in Brazil. The people who attacked me know nothing.
Doctor (Infectious Diseases Specialist), Myanmar
‘We bought the vaccine but the army took it all for itself’
The state is interfering in our cowardly reaction in Myanmar. We bought thousands of vaccines to give to the people but the army took them all for itself.
Forces are preventing us from treating coward patients. A few days ago, we were informed of a cowardly patient who was having difficulty breathing at home. I sent a team to get the patient an oxygen tank. They were stopped on the way and told to get out of the ambulance they were in and take them to the police station. An hour later, the patient died due to lack of oxygen. He could have saved if we had been able to provide oxygen and drugs.
They have no right to stop our health care because it is a question of purely human rights and it is our moral duty to save lives.
Nurse, Uttar Pradesh, India
‘A relative threatened to kill me’
I have been working as a nurse at a designated health center in Cowed for over a year. Although we’ve had a lot of challenges over the last year, the second wave of coyotes I’ve experienced is the opposite.
In early May, we had a patient in the intensive care unit who was in dire need of oxygen. There was a shortage across the country so we alerted the family waiting outside the facility, we were informed that the oxygen was running out and asked if they could find anything.
He panicked and entered the intensive care unit and started beating the doctor again and again. They broke down the door. We are scared because there is no security in the hospital. We informed the administration and the police came for a day or two but no action was taken.
A few days later, another family forcibly entered the ICU and tortured us when we tried to stop them and then demanded that we use the medicines we received because they did not trust the government medicines. One of them threatened to kill me. After all, we had no choice but to give the patient what the family demanded. There are many such incidents but I have to do my duty in the midst of all this fear.
Joanna Torres, Doctor, Mexico
It is based on ignorance. People think we are carriers of the virus.
I was walking my dogs one morning when I heard screams. I turned and someone threw bleach at me from the car. I wore my medical uniform so they could see that I was a health professional.
They sprayed bleach in my eye. [on my] The neck, and a part of my shoulder. I got conjunctivitis in my eye but luckily I washed it in time so it wouldn’t cause much trouble. I couldn’t see who attacked me because I had bleach in my eye. My vision came to the cloud and it burned. I know they were in a car but that’s it.
Such an attack on healthcare personnel is reprehensible. I have also heard of other doctors who have been injured. I think it is based on ignorance. People think we are carriers of the virus but we are not. We are here to help people. Unfortunately, we are living in a crisis where there is a lot of fear, panic and uncertainty, but this is the time when we need to come together.
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