Women leading the fight against Covid-19

Women leading the fight against Covid-19

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 1

Displaying exemplary grit and determination, women Covid warriors in the district are spearheading the battle to stave off the spread of the virus.

One of such warriors, Swati Dhawan, a microbiologist, has not taken a single leave since January 15. She has been playing a key role in collecting samples of Covid-19 patients and has already collected over 1,000 samples. Besides, she has given training to hundreds of health officers, including doctors.

Swati said her family, especially her husband, had been a great support system to her as they took care of her five-year-old daughter in her absence.

Talking about her personal life, Swati said, “My daughter always complains of not giving her enough time. On Sundays, she hides my office bag so that I don’t go to work.”

Talking about her tough days, Swati said, “Once we were encircled by a group of people in a congested area in the city. Consequently, we had to call the police to diffuse the situation.”

Dr Rupinder Bakshi, in–charge, VRDL Lab, Government Medical College (GMC), Patiala, has been catering to over six districts of the state. From 40 samples per day to 5,000 per day, the testing was a stressful job because a subtle mistake could lead to a blunder, she said.

“I have to check the reports twice before sending it to civil surgeons,” said Bakshi.

At a time when many doctors are scared to go near to Covid patients, Dr Nidhi Sharma, Medical Officer, interacts with them without any fear. Dr Sharma, who works at Covid Care Center, said, “At the end of the day, if a patient recovers and goes home, I feel happy.”

“It is a huge learning for the medical fraternity because doctors have been landed up in a situation what they never imagined. The virus is very unique and volatile,” said Nidhi, hoping that the situation would get normal soon.

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