COVID 19 has made us look anew at disease epidemiology, progression, pathogenesis and management protocols. All of us, HCPs, have been involved in trying to understand, contain and control this pandemic. To a large extent we have been groping in the dark trying to understand this virus. Theories propounded only to be debunked in a few short weeks.
To me it is reminiscent of the way humanity grappled with Cholera, Typhoid, Small Pox and Plague in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is only from the mid 1950s were we able to get a handle on infectious diseases. When I read accounts of past epidemics, I sometimes wonder how people could have been so stupid and not followed what we, today consider as basic tenets of hygiene, wound care etc!
I am sure that 30/40/50 years down the line, Health Care Professionals will laugh at the way we handled the COVID pandemic and feel the same way.
What has definitely improved is possibly personal hygiene - washing hands, feet before entering home, not shaking hands, maintaining a distance etc.
However as time goes on, there has been an acceptance that this disease is not going away in a hurry. We have to learn to live with this and protect ourselves to the extent possible.
Patients have been trickling in through the lockdown, finding someway of accessing the RHC. There is a sense of trust and faith in the RHC. Many youngsters just come to collect medications for their grandparents or elders in their village. A coming together of the community, helping each other; something which has not been prevalent last many years.
Total Patients: 1383 (Our normal monthly attendance is about 1500 patients)
The majority of them (1355 patients) earned less than 48000 pa.
Children accounted for 26 and elders 385.
Patient Screening at RHC, the masked staff of the RHC
|Staff waiting for the patients|
PATIENTS - Patience is the name of the Game
|Waiting for her turn|
|An elderly couple with their daughter in law|
|Relaxing on his tricycle!|
|A shoulder to lean on - much needed|
|Waiting for Medicines|