Staff nurse takes Covid-19 in her stride

Despite testing +ve, she’s looking after her infected octogenarian mother-in-law at home

Staff nurse takes Covid-19 in her stride

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 2

For the past one week, Kanwaljit (47) has been isolated at her home along with her 85-year-old mother-in-law, 47-year-old husband and 13-year-old daughter.

Taking care of Covid-19 positive patients for the past three months at the Civil Hospital, Kanwaljit, who tested positive along with her family, is now taking care of her octogenarian mother-in-law during home isolation.

Kanwaljit, a staff nurse who conducted duties at Covid and isolation wards at the Civil Hospital, said her profession has taught her to take care of the ailing patients.

As per protocol, anyone above 60, who is Covid positive cannot be discharged from hospital until they test negative, but an exception has been made in her mother-in law’s case, since she is bed-ridden and has various co-morbidities. Her family thought she would be vulnerable to many more infections at the hospital.

A resident of the Raja Garden area, Kaur cooks food, takes care of her mother-in-law and carries out household chores – all during home isolation.

Having tested positive for Covid, Kanwaljit and her family members stayed in isolation at the meritorious school for a day, after which they were shifted to their home. Her mother-in-law, who is on a wheelchair, says the family pitches in to help.

“I am a health worker and can take care of her at home. She has diabetes, is paralytic and has other co-morbidities as well. At the hospital, Icouldn’t have been able to take care of her this way. She feels healthy at home,” she says.

Speaking on how she got Covid, she said, “It all started with fever and cough. I discharged duties at the de-addiction, trauma, emergency, male and female wards. We came in contact with several positive cases and for three months, I had been working with them. So, sooner or later, this had to happen. But I had never imagined myself to test positive.”

Now, under home isolation for 15 days, Kanwaljit cooks food for her own family wearing gloves. The other family members abide by isolation protocol in four separate rooms. With herself suffering from various heart ailments and thyroid problems, the 47-year-old nurse says she never got scared of discharging her duties in critical wards.

Taking the illness in her stride, she said initially everyone was apprehensive about the situation, but now with symptoms subsiding, her Covid fears have been allayed.

“We are all in our respective rooms. Housework, food, recreation all happens from these rooms. Thankfully, we are asymptomatic, so there is nothing to worry about. We are comfortably managing things on our own and everyone is using this time to relax.”

19 contract virus in dist, tally hits 750

Jalandhar: Nineteen more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday, taking the Covid-19 count to 750 in the district. The new cases include four people from outside the state and two from Ludhiana. The cases also include three Army men with travel history. They were shifted to the military hospital. A prisoner in Adampur is also among the positive cases. Barring this, four of those who tested positive are residents of Swaraj Ganj and contacts of previously positive patients. Other areas from where cases poured in, include Makhdoom Pura, Ram Nagar, Bhogpur, Kot Pakshian, Lesriwal, Nakodar and Lakshmi Pura among other areas.

Kapurthala records 6 infections

Six new people tested positive in Kapurthala on Thursday. They include five patients from Tarloki Nath Mohalla and one person who had returned from Dubai. The five persons from Tarloki Nath Mohalla include a 50-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy, 43 year-old-woman, 12-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man. The tally in the district has risen to 102, of which 27 are active cases.

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