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Pandemic: Past week has shown even health workers are scared

P. O. Makori

April. 01, 2020

Pandemic: Past week has shown even health workers are scared
The novel coronavirus has presented a unique and unprecedented challenge to healthcare providers around the world. Thousands have contracted the deadly virus, with hundreds having succumbed. More are still at risk of contracting the disease.
It had all started at the accident and emergency area. A patient was brought in and as usual, she and her colleagues rushed to attend to him. And there was nothing so special about this patient. It was only after attending to him that she and her five colleagues discovered he was a traveller and had met the criteria for suspects of Covid-19. By the time the patient’s entire travel history was disclosed to them it was already too late. They may have had their surgical masks and gloves on, but they still had to go into quarantine. They didn’t want to take chances and risk the lives of their families. Halfway through the 14-day quarantine and the going becomes difficult. She is not sure if she will develop the symptoms. The uncertainty about her tomorrow becomes depressing. At the same time, results of tests carried on the patient are yet to come out, which worsens the medics’ anxiety.
The hospital management said it had to send a nurse home to self-quarantine. The hospital was not going to risk the lives of its staff. She only had a surgical mask and came too close to a patient she was attending to. The nurse was eventually confirmed to have Covid-19. Those left behind were thankful they had not fallen victim to the disease. Based on what has been happening, I cannot predict what will happen next. As a matter of fact, I am also afraid. The most devastating news has been losing a medic in the line of duty. It is like losing soldiers who are in war to defend their country. Those who survive have to carry their fallen colleagues and those wounded back home. Even if one is psychologically prepared for the battle, the scars of war never leave. It is difficult.
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Ms Korir is a medical doctor and a reporter with The Standard
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