Doctors fought by coming forward in the war with Corona, also faced mental problems

Doctors have always been a big and important part of our system. In the year 2020 when the covid 19 pandemic (Corona Pandemic) The doctors made every effort to save the life of every patient regardless of day and night. Many doctors also lost their lives in their battle with Kovid, but the work of curing patients never stopped. Indian Medical Association (Indian Medical Association) According to the report, where 798 doctors died in the country during the second wave of Kovid, 748 doctors died in the first wave of corona virus havoc. National Doctor’s Day (National Doctors’ Day) But, TV9 spoke to some of the heroes of the medical line to know about the challenges they faced in treating COVID 19 positive patients.

Dr Manav Manchanda, Director of the Asian Hospital, Faridabad and Head of the Department of Respiratory Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, says that his fight against Kovid started on March 24, 2020. At that time the whole world was in awe after seeing the magnitude of this infection. We were scared like other people but as doctors we remained strong. This battle was to be fought mainly by the doctors. In the beginning we knew nothing about the disease – neither symptoms nor diagnosis. But all our medical team like critical care experts and respiratory and general medicine experts decided to face it together and accepted the challenge of dealing with corona virus. During that time we worked round the clock to ensure the safety of all our patients visiting the hospital and to follow the safety protocols to avoid the spread of the virus.

Faced many challenges in the second wave

After this the second wave came in the form of a delta which was bigger and more frightening than the first wave. Earlier, we were doing bus referral service as per government norms, later when the authorities gave green signal for the treatment of Kovid patients in our institutions, then a lot of challenges and changes came at once. Dedicated teams, separate floors, constantly changing guidelines for treatment and many more fronts opened up. Almost all our employees and doctors got infected here but this did not break anyone’s morale. The team continued the fight against Kovid with relentless hard work. We also expanded the scope of treatment here. We not only treated all the patients coming from Faridabad and surrounding areas but also from different states. During that time we started a new floor, screening area, Kovid OPD and telemedicine section.

Wearing heavy protective gear on those hot days, walking around, speaking softly, soaking in our sweat – it all gave us an unforgettable experience. Now medicines have come to deal with corona, protocol has been fixed for treatment, with the help of vaccines, mortality and serious diseases have come down significantly. Now we know how to fight this virus.

Talk to doctors on mental health

Dr Ashish Choudhary, Managing Director, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka says that doctors go through mental stress on a daily basis. Although we were used to stress, the pandemic had also posed a major psychological crisis before us. Those days were really challenging, when we were dealing with the seriousness of the epidemic and the serious patients brought in during the delta wave. As soon as the report of increasing cases came, our anxiety used to increase and sleep would disappear. Now, that Covid is under control, things are slowly going back to normal. Since then we feel that it is time to talk about our mental health. We are often very tired from work but this issue is rarely discussed.

A recent research has revealed that doctors have the highest level of anxiety about work. The data revealed in the study report of 97,333 doctors from 21 countries showed that during Kovid, they had mild depression (21.7 percent), anxiety (22.1 percent), and stress (21.5 percent) after a major event. cases were found. Trauma-related stress was found in all included studies, ranging from 7.4 percent to 35 percent, especially among frontline doctors. In many countries, when Kovid was at its peak, telemedicine platforms were also started. Frontline doctors made full use of it through video conferencing, which also helped them to manage their stress and anxiety.

Dr Sonam Solanki, consultant, pulmonologist and bronchoscopist at Masina Hospital in Mumbai, says that every doctor was involved in the battle to deal with it during Kovid, even outside his specialist line. Directly or indirectly, whenever and wherever there is a need for bed/oxygen/problem troubleshooting, he comes forward. With this move, sympathy and compassion have returned to most of the people.

My personal experience has been that being honest helps in communicating with the patient. I also learned that in spite of giving the best treatment, talking to a dying patient or the relative of whose life we ​​are not able to save, tells us to accept our limitations and it is beneficial for all.

Medical staff did duty even in lockdown

Rajeev Kakkar, Chest Specialist of Regency Hospital Kanpur, says that 80 percent of the world’s population has been affected by this disease in some way or the other. When the entire country was under lockdown, even at that time the medical staff was doing their duty. Even though the roads were empty, all the hospitals including ICU were full of patients. At that time every person was scared for himself and his family but we did not give up our duty.

Kovid made life of doctors challenging

Sugandh Ahluwalia, Chief Strategy Officer, Indian Spinal Injury Centre, described the life of doctors as very challenging. He said that with work pressure, high expectations and lack of physical and mental rest, it is becoming increasingly difficult for doctors to strike the right work-life balance. A recent study by scientific scholars on behalf of the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences concluded that about 55 percent of health professionals experienced moderate to moderate levels of depression during COVID-19. This is the reason why matters are now increasingly making headlines, with a special emphasis on integrated and cross-sectoral policies to improve mental health support.

When the cases of Kovid were at their peak, the death rate of patients was also very high. In such a situation, the doctors were also under great anxiety and stress. This was increasing the guilt and depression among the doctors. In view of these circumstances, corporates and hospitals are also giving special emphasis on mental health and wellness in workplaces. These changes are undoubtedly playing an important role in changing the mental health landscape in our country.

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