Young doctors display exceptional commitment during pandemic times
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Young doctors display exceptional commitment during pandemic times

May 16, 2021

By M.T. Yogesh Kumar

Mysore/Mysuru: The ongoing pandemic, though extremely challenging for all, has especially been taking a toll on medical workers around the globe. Despite facing innumerable physical and psychological challenges, healthcare personnel are playing an indispensable role during this continued crisis. 

A majority of the doctors serving in COVID Hospitals and healthcare facilities are post-graduate trainees who constitute a unique, vulnerable group of young doctors who are at the forefront of managing the COVID-19 patients in the middle of their training period. 

In Mysuru, several young trainees between the age group of 23 to 25 have been put on duty at ‘COVID Mitra’ and interestingly they have come on voluntary service, displaying their professional commitment and dedication. 

Over 35 young doctors who are in the intermediate and final year of their medical course have joined the fight along with 150 non-medical students. 

They are assisting junior and senior doctors and some are independently handling responsibilities. These doctors are from all specialities including physiotherapy, dental, surgeries and others. 

The ‘COVID Mitra’ established at Seth Mohandas Tulsidas Maternity Hospital on JLB Road by the District Administration is being independently managed by physiotherapist-to-be Dr. Swaroop S. Gaikwad. 

He is pursuing his final year Physiotherapy from JSS Medical College. He will graduate in another three to four months and has been putting in long hours at Tulsidas Hospital. 

When the second wave showed signs of peaking in Mysuru, Dr. Swaroop voluntarily worked in the War Room interacting with patients over phone. Now as the pandemic has reached alarming proportions, he decided to get on to the field as Mysuru required doctors and there was a dearth. 

Mentally strong

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He is a resident of Vidyaranyapuram and his parents are Shivajirao Gaikwad and Shyamala S. Gaikwad. Speaking to Star of Mysore, Swaroop said that apart from stringent physical precautionary measures, doctors have to be mentally strong and full of positivity. “Many COVID patients who land up at ‘COVID Mitra’ will be emotional, despite being physically sound. They would have faced the social stigma attached to the disease and in most cases, family members would have stayed away from them. To counsel them, we need to be strong and prepared,” he said. 

Counselling is a difficult part and many times, children are brought to ‘COVID Mitra’ by parents who weep at their condition. 

“This makes the children lose mental strength and we have to fill in for parents and perform the role of a counsellor-cum-parent. If the oxygen saturation level is between 85 and 90 we give oxygen for them to recover. Even if some patients have a saturation level of 97, they plead for oxygen. These people come her out of fear and have become mentally weak after seeing reports of death and misery. We need to counsel them for them to realise that they are strong and they have not been affected by the disease,” Dr. Swaroop explained and added that physiotherapy plays an important role in treating patients. 

Putting in best efforts

Another young doctor, who is a dentist Dr. B.S. Sanjana joined the mission to control COVID after she saw the news that the Mysuru City Corporation has invited volunteers for pandemic work. She is a resident of Srirampura and is the daughter of B.S. Srinath and H.S. Anupama. “I have been practicing in Mysuru since the last three years and during the lockdown last year, I stopped practicing and have got on to voluntary service as patients are desperate in need of help and Mysuru District needed doctors,” she said. 

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Before getting on to voluntary service, Dr. Sanjana got basic training from senior doctors on swab collection, triaging patients depending on the severity of the disease and prescribing medicines. “All medicines are given by us are prescribed by the doctors for symptoms like cold, fever and we tell patients to often clean their mouths so that the virus load is reduced. We tell them not to mix toothbrushes as there is a chance of virus spreading from the brush used by COVID-positive person,” she said. 

Dr. Sanjana feels that she is doing her bit for the society in the time of crisis. “I feel proud to serve the people and during the service period, we have to be detached from family and I live in quarantine now,” she said.

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Young doctors display exceptional commitment during pandemic times”

  1. H says:

    God give them strength

  2. Ramu says:

    This is the type of news that deserves to be broadcasted 24/7, not the ones that our TV channels are streaming! There are many doctors and nurses and healthcare workers serving the people at the risk of their personal and families, yet the TV channels cant focus on then god forbid if they turn out to be “Modi Bhakths”! That will be against their agenda and the principles of their low-life existence! USA as 1/4th of the population of India and the deaths were 3 times higher than india but none of their news media showed even pone funeral home! We in India TV channels like NDTV, Times now, Republic, and all the so called mainstream media, all out liberals. left, right and center continued only to show burning pyres, discuss about the failures! Even when they found that the Vulture politicians and private hospitals and their agents were hoarding oxygen, critical supplies and selling the hospital bed, that was almost shown as an one liner and went back to discuss about burning pyres! They did not want to even investigate these because they had an idea who would be caught and they did not like the results! NDTV literally camped their reporters permanently in Burial grounds not to miss a single body! After all they have an obligation to Congress and the western media! Not even one of them offered any kind of help by these media men other than enjoying this windfall!
    I would have liked if any of these reporters were burnt alive along with the bodies they were showing, for being so cruelly senseless and opportunistic! India does not need such journalism! Today, India is image is very negative and the credit goes to these hyenas!

  3. Sunil says:

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