This is an appeal to you. Yes, you – the one who is reading this. Would you please take one minute of your time to thank your doctor and to pray for those innumerable selfless souls who have taken over as the ‘Messiah’ to screen and to treat patients suffering from this global pandemic? They're putting up with repercussions of unthinkable proportions, that has hit upon us all.
When countries have gone into lockdown, hospitals are struggling to cope with the sudden surge in patient volume, global economy hitting rock bottom, thousands of people dying every day, and a thousand others becoming infected; when most offices and companies have shut shop and have asked their employees to work from home, there are countless other healthcare workers who are nothing less than soldiers now, risking their very own life to save someone else’s.
A virus has done what nothing could do – unite countries to fight together, put behind their differences and cooperate; have taught people that when temples and mosques have closed their doors, hospitals have opened them to help people; and that the fear of death is the same to all people, the man-made Gods do not favour anyone.
I would be lying if I would say that we as doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, hospital management, etc are not scared of the prevailing condition, that we are not concerned for our own or our family’s safety, for whom we can become asymptomatic carriers of this dreadful disease, elderly grandparents, parents, young children who can become prone to the infection.
It might not be your immediate family member at risk- who may be a doctor, a nurse, a security guard or the housekeeping staff of a hospital, or non-clinical staff members who help the hospital function daily, but remember that they are those who are standing at the frontline, who do not have the option of working from home or go into lockdown. They are also someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter and your one heartfelt prayer for everyone’s safety might count somewhere.
The entire healthcare community has come together and all efforts are being made by the fraternity, collaborating with the government to tide over this crisis.
I write this because since many weeks, ever since coronavirus has hit the country, a day has not passed that my parents have not told me every morning saying, “Beta tu apna dhyan rakhna…”, and there are countless betas and betis who would be hearing the same from their family – who need your support, blessings and prayers.