The novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, started from Wuhan, China, and has been spreading fast, reaching every continent on Earth except Antarctica. It seems to have taken a pandemic proportion, hitting the news headlines, but it still has a host of untruths surrounding it. The relentless flood of information can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction — and during a viral outbreak, rumours and misconception can be dangerous. Let’s try to lay bare the facts and the misconception around this.
- April 7, 2020
Considering the fierce growth of COVID-19, the lockdown was a quintessential decision because as of now, social distancing and more recently physical distancing has been the most effective preventive measure to break the chain of this highly contagious pandemic. During the lockdown so far, the majority of the populace has followed the norms of the lockdown except few non-serious religious fanatics who couldn’t understand the intensity of the epidemic and the significance of this lockdown, its good outcomes after adherence and the bad repercussions after ignorance. Now, the aftereffect of their ignorance is prevalent as their casual approach has contributed to the rise of the infection across. The situation going forward has left everyone in the dilemma whether the lockdown should be prolonged or to be ended.
Government has been doing its bit bountifully and our people’s PM is also worried about the unforeseen situation and very much concerned about the citizens and the nation. However, this is not enough to fight this deadly pandemic. Government can’t bring any magic alone unless people come together and cooperate with the system. Every Indian need to understand the severity of the situation, come forward and help fight this unprecedented and devastating pandemic by lending a helping hand to the administration, turning the expectation of our PM into reality.
We are going through the crisis, which might have a devastating impact on the economy, bringing multifarious crunch irrespective of sectors, such as joblessness and many more awful situations that we haven’t thought of hitherto. However, despite the looming losses in all counts, the government had announced the lockdown and might be extended as per musings of the latest meeting of the PM with the Union Council of Ministers because there is no way out to check its spread.
How far is too far is the hammering question that everyone is asking. Reminding you of the preamble of our constitution — ‘We the people of India solemnly resolve to constitute India…’ that we are the architect of the destiny of our country. But the larger question is – how will we constitute the India that our forefathers envisioned and for that, we have been diligently working day in and day out without introspection? The people have every rights and power to outshine the destiny of the nation. This time we need to do self-introspection, be self-disciplined and maintain necessary physical distancing to check its spread in the community. This should be people call to auto-action without expecting intervention from the administration.
Self-introspect, awake and fight back with tolerance and discipline — it’s a clarion call for ‘WE THE PEOPLE’! Soon, COVID-19 pandemic is bound to be defeated.
- April 6, 2020
Global Physician Leaders Call For Urgent Action to Protect Health Professionals & Carers
Leaders of the World Medical Association have described as ‘deplorable’ the fact that even in the world’s most affluent countries, health care professionals are having to deal with the coronavirus pandemic with insufficient personal protection. And they say that when the pandemic ends, there must be a political investigation into the availability and effectiveness of supply chains.
Dr. Miguel Jorge, President of the WMA, and Dr. Frank Montgomery, Chair of the WMA Council, have issued a statement mourning the loss of physicians and all health care professionals, describing it as ‘a bitter toll’. They add: ‘We express our solidarity with the physicians and all the health professionals, care workers, and informal caregivers who are looking after patients every day. Much of the time they are doing their work without minimum standards of personal protection. It is deplorable that even in the world’s most affluent countries the simplest standards of protection cannot be maintained and health care professionals are sent defenceless into the burning fire of
‘Furthermore, there are not enough staff, not enough equipment, and not enough places in intensive care units’.
The WMA leaders urge governments across the world and the World Health Organisation to urgently provide all health care units in need with the necessary protective equipment (PPE), and to set up sustainable supply chains for PPE. They also call for action to build and distribute a sufficient number of ventilators to care for ailing patients and for an assurance that there is a sufficient amount of beds in intensive care units to treat all patients without
compromising ethical decisions. They end by demanding that at the end of the pandemic there should be a political
investigation into the availability and effectiveness of supply chains and the risks of globalization in world threatening pandemic situations. In January, the WMA issued an urgent call to governments and the World Health Organisation to set up an international supply chain for medicines and supplies to help health professionals fight the spread of coronavirus. It warned about a dangerous shortage in the Asian region of medical supplies, such as gloves, masks, detergents, single use coats and cloaks.
- April 6, 2020
Lady Survivor, 34, from Nanavati Hospital is a testimony of will power
You can shout COVIDefeated if you will. She speaks with such élan as if she has won an epic battle. The 34 year old Coronavirus survivor lady from Nanavati Super Speciality hospital is a COVID Fighters picture of will power, saying with panache her psychological strength was a crucial component in addition to excellent clinical support.
Her date with Coronavirus lasted 9 days in the hospital. Recounting her convalescence at hospital, she says, ‘The infection is serious but if you maintain a positive approach towards the treatment, follow all preventive measures, seek timely medical help, give accurate clinical history, you can defeat it. More than anything, psychological strength is as important as the clinical support.’
The young lady from South Mumbai has become a ray of hope for Mumbaikars amidst current Coronavirus pandemic. The woman completely recovered from this disease and was discharged from Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital on Friday.
‘I had continuous cold but no cough or fever. I underwent testing on doctor’s advice which turned positive. The psychological impact of being tested positive was hard in the beginning but when in hospital I kept up my positive approach which finally paid off,’ said the patient. Citing the state-wide lockdown and lack of travelling options, the patient contacted Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital. A special ambulance, equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit was sent to her residence. She was admitted in the dedicated isolation facility for Covid-19 patients on March 24.
Dr. Abdul Samad Ansari, Director, Critical Care Services, said the patient was admitted in the hospital with Covid-19 positive status. ‘Throughout the treatment, the patient faced no major respiratory distress and remained haemodynamically stable. All her throat swab samples have tested negative of Covid-19 and we are happy to discharge her,” said Dr. Ansari. The patient, as per the guidelines set forth by Public Health Department of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), will follow a institutionalised quarantine before she can return
to her home.
‘Health-workers have a lion’s share in fighting the pandemic. Covered in a complete protective gear the staff strived dedicatedly for my recovery throughout the treatment. As a personal responsibility, I tried to do small things on my own and avoided calling them repeatedly,’ said the patient.
The patient felt that while some individuals are still not taking Covid-19 seriously, many are panicking. The patient said. ‘I specially thank Ms. Vandana Pakle, Director, Radiant Life Care, for being a strong support during this vulnerable period. I am truly touched by the warm gestures of entire staff, including Dr. Manish Bhatija, Dr. Chirag Patel and all the nurses, ward boys and staff members whose names I can’t remember. They didn’t hesitate to perform their duties and treated me by risking their own lives,’ she added.
Mr. Manpreet Sohal, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, said he is proud of the entire clinical team including the doctors, nurses, ward-boys and housekeeping staff who are working tirelessly in hospital’s specialised Covid-19 facility.
“We have created an isolation facility including Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for patients diagnosed with Covid-19. Trained staff with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) looks after the patients in this facility. I would like to appreciate the strong and fast steps taken by MCGM to control this pandemic which has affected Mumbai like other parts of the world. I am sure, we shall emerge as winners in this war against Corona virus,” said Mr. Sohal.
- April 6, 2020
Combating any natural calamity, especially when it spreads out across the globe, taking the shape of a pandemic, poses multiple challenges, wherein only state’s intervention is not sufficient to control the situation. In such a scenario, this is everyone’s responsibility to come forward and strengthen the combative intensity bountifully, and to suppress its spread. In line with fighting against the life-threatening COVID-19 Pandemic, USA based DaytoDay Health has partnered with HEAL Foundation to deliver first-ever home patient management program for the COVID-19 patients in India for free.
HEAL Foundation has been aggressively doing its bit under its ‘HEAL Healthy Nudge’ initiative ever since the outbreak of the VOVID-19 Pandemic in India within the ambit of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but its association with DaytoDay Health has strengthened the collective tempo of the fight against COVID-19. The free COVID-19 Patient Management Program (PMP) is unique of its kind, and a comprehensive digital-first care management program that enables patients to be safe, effectively, and affordably managed at their homes. The post-diagnosis care management program for COVID-19 is applicable for patients who have either a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19, and are not critical, i.e. requiring ICU-level care. The free program is all set to revolutionise home management of COVID-19 patients.
In times of crisis, joining hands with one another and fighting together is the only way out to dismiss the panicky surge of this pandemic. In India, the healthcare system is not well equipped to control community infection as only 1 doctor per 1800 population, 1.7 nurses per thousand population, and 0.9 hospital beds per 1000 population, mere 100,000 ICU beds are available. Therefore, it becomes essential to prevent the community transmission of COVID 19 and manage maximum patients at home to relieve the burden on the healthcare system and preventing cross infections.
Public Health England has categorised COVID-19 patients into three categories: 1st category requires immediate admission; 1st category requires – Home isolation with active health monitoring, 3rd category requires – Home isolation with health advice. Only 5 per cent of the patients fall into the first category. Remaining 95 per cent can be managed from home. However, Home isolation is stressful and can lead to patients not following, breaking the isolation, and seeking healthcare outside thus putting both healthcare workers and the elderly population at risk.
Looking toward the similar goal of rescuing the people infected and to breaking the ceaseless chain of the COVID-19 pandemic upsurge, HEAL Foundation as well as DaytoDay have joined forces with their digital presence www.covidfighters.in. The aim of this joint venture is to prevent community transmission of COVID 19 and provide the services to the COVID-19 patients in India at their homes in these testing times free of cost through our software and a virtual care team, which comprises of a what we call as a dedicated ‘care coach’, well-trained registered nurse, who serves as the single point of contact to deliver the care program, as well as clinicians and psychologists that provide guidance along the patient’s recovery journey. This is a part of our CSR strategy considering the threat to humanity.