Frontline warriors

‘On testing +ve, I feared for my 11-month-old baby’

‘On testing +ve, I feared for my 11-month-old baby’

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7

The role of health workers in the frontline of the Covid war becomes more prominent on World Health Day, which was observed today. Once such case is of PGI staff, who were exposed to the deadly virus while attending to a 65-year-old man from Nayagaon. The man was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of severe acute respiratory infection.

Nurses, resident doctors and attendants on duty in the emergency medicine ward number 22 were lined up for treatment of the patient, unmindful of the fact that he was Covid positive. By the time the health workers came to know this, it was already too late as one of the nursing officers got infected and is currently admitted in the isolation ward.

“When I tested positive for Covid, the first thing that occurred to me was my 11-month-old baby. All this while, I had been visiting my home and there was a possibility that I might have infected my family as well,” said a PGI nursing officer.

He added, “I saw the old man dying in front of me. I was under impression that elderly and young children were the most-affected due to the disease. Today is the seventh day since I tested positive. My baby is safe. He hasn’t shown any symptoms. Doctors consoled me by telling that young children with good immunity are safe too.”

He said he had sore throat and fever initially but his condition was stable now.

The nursing officer is maintaining contact with his wife and the baby through video-calling.

He said he had never been afraid of his performing his duties but the fear for family was inevitable.

Don't Miss

Tracing the origins of Pashmina

Tracing the origins of Pashmina

Up against issues of racism Down Under

Up against issues of racism Down Under

Why we need to mock ourselves a little, reset our systems

Why we need to mock ourselves a little, reset our systems

Trump’s coup de tweet

Trump’s coup de tweet

Respect every opinion

Respect every opinion

Top Stories

Ahead of SC hearing, farmer unions out with tractor parade plan

Ahead of SC hearing, farmer unions out with tractor parade plan

To organise 50-km Republic Day march on Delhi’s Outer Ring R...

2 bogies of Amritsar-Jaynagar train derail in Lucknow

2 bogies of Amritsar-Jaynagar train derail in Lucknow

No casualty has been reported in the incident

Australia 243 for 7 in second innings at tea on day 4 of Brisbane Test

Australia 243 for 7 in second innings at tea on day 4 of Brisbane Test

Home team leads by 33 runs in the first innings

Farooq Abdullah says 'can't even kiss my wife' because of Covid

Farooq Abdullah says 'can't even kiss my wife' because of Covid

A short video clip of his remarks has gone viral on social m...

FIR against makers of Amazon Prime's web series 'Tandav' in Lucknow

FIR against makers of Amazon Prime's web series 'Tandav' in Lucknow

The series ‘promote enmity and trigger religious sentiments’...

Cities

View All