On Wednesday, the daughter of a nursing officer from Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) turned 4. Typically, there would have been a small celebration at house — her eight-year-old son would have embellished their 2BHK home, whereas the birthday woman would have been gifted a brand new doll. Instead, the youngsters and their mom spent the birthday inside a COVID-19 ward at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty hospital.
The nursing officer from Dilshad Garden’s DSCI is amongst 22 staffers who’ve examined constructive for coronavirus. The take a look at was performed on April three and the outcome got here on April 6, after which she reached Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, along with her kids in tow. “My husband went to visit my mother in Pathanamthitta in Kerala, as she is unwell. Then the lockdown happened and he’s been unable to return home,” she stated over the telephone from the hospital mattress.
She moved to Delhi from Pathanamthitta 15 years in the past and commenced working as a nurse. A decade in the past, she joined DSCI, the place she works within the most cancers ward. “From administering medicines to checking the catheter, IV tubes, listening to patients’ requests, explaining to their relatives about treatment and medicines… we do it all. Once I recover, I will go back to work. There is no other option,” she stated.
“We work in three shifts — 8 am-2 pm, 2 pm-8 pm, 8 pm-8 am — and the roster keeps changing. All these years, I didn’t have to worry about the children because my husband would manage. When he left for Kerala mid-March, the house-help pitched in, but after the lockdown even she couldn’t come. So I would drop off the children to a friend’s house nearby and then go for my shift,” she stated.
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Once instances of DSCI staffers testing constructive began rising, she began getting nervous and the foundations at house modified. “I would return home from my shift, immediately rush to the bathroom, take a bath, wash all clothes, and then see the children. I told them ‘no hugging mummy’… It’s hard to explain that to children. I am most worried about them,” she stated.
After she examined constructive, she had no selection however to take her kids to the COVID ward along with her. The siblings examined unfavorable Wednesday. “I was on the phone all Wednesday, trying to find a place for them to stay since my husband is still stuck in Kerala. Finally, a friend took them in. Now I talk to them on video call. It’s hard, I worry for their safety, their health and diet, but I have started developing symptoms now — headache and cough. They can’t be around me,” she stated.
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She is considered one of 18 nursing officers and orderlies at DSCI to have examined constructive for coronavirus. Speaking to The Indian Express, lots of them had earlier alleged they weren’t given PPEs even after a health care provider there examined constructive.
She stated she’s going to return to nursing — a career she fell in love with as a younger woman in Pathanamthitta — and hoped that “the PPEs will be there”.
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