Life was normal a few months ago. All of us were busy in our lives but these days life is so different. Now, most of the world is under lockdown. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, there is an emergency situation in majority of the countries.
To fight this pandemic, health care workers have become frontline soldiers. Just like the army defends a country against enemies, health care workers are fighting our invisible enemy that is a coronavirus.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital staff around the world are under an immense workload in overstretched health facilities, and have the responsibility to be savior of human lives. They are working in stressful and frightening work environments, not just because the virus is not completely understood, but because in most settings they are not properly protected which makes them vulnerable to infection.
The health care workers are at direct risk of getting infected with the coronavirus. Italy has seen at least 18 doctors with coronavirus die. Spain reported that more than 4,000 health care workers have become infected; similar is the situation in the United States.
During the Ebola outbreak six years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that health workers were between 21 and 32 times more likely to be infected with Ebola than people in the general population. In West Africa, more than 350 health care workers died while battling Ebola.
Emergency Situation in Pakistan
There is an emergency situation in Pakistan as well; which was not expected. Our government didn’t have the proper resources to deal with this emergency situation. For a third world country like Pakistan, it was beyond their ability to deal with such a sudden outbreak.
With each passing day, authorities are working hard to provide every possible resource to fight this virus. Quarantine centers are being established, the number of ventilators in hospitals is increasing, and the production of masks has increased per day. For now, however, the virus is spreading and, on the frontline between a worried public and those responsible for directing national responses, the healthcare workers on whom we all depend can easily be forgotten.
Their health should not be taken for granted because you cannot pour from an empty cup. They are going to protect as only when there are in good health condition. Being on the frontline, they should be fully protected and wear protective gear.
Health Care Workers
Like all of us, health care workers are also human beings. This stressful environment can take a toll on their mental conditions. They do feel the sorrow of loss when a life is lost in front of their eyes. They too have families, so it is quite natural, they will be fearful that the virus might reach their loved ones.
They should be given moral support by the citizens and by the government. Once this battle is over, health care workers should have an access to counseling services that should help them to get over the sense of uncertainty, fear and loss.
Responsible Citizens Against COVID-19
We, as responsible citizens, along with the government, should make a resolution that we will not let our frontline soldiers become patients.
We should do everything to support health workers who, despite their own justifiable fears, are stepping directly into COVID-19’s path to aid the distressed and are working to halt the spread of the deadly virus.We must give these health workers all the support they need to do their jobs, be safe and stay alive because they are the only hope that assures us that we can survive this pandemic.
by: Abeer Arshad