International Nurses Day 2020: Nurses narrate experiences at COVID isolation ward
Kanhangad: ‘We won’t forget you. I will keep each name and phone number on my mobile phone. How could I forget the love and friendship from you when I was struggling with stress? I cannot bid goodbye with the two words ‘Thank You’,” said the patient who recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from Kanhangad district hospital. He told these words to Aloysius Isaac, a nurse at Kanhangad district hospital on a voice message. Aloysius was repeatedly listening to this voice clip proudly.
A team of nurses including Aloysius, retd. head nurse Omana from Periya and head nurse Latha at the district hospital were in charge of the isolation ward arranged at a building in Padannakkad. Arun Raj, Priyadarshan, Suja, Praseetha, Geetha and Greeshma are the other nurses in the team.
They started nursing COVID-19 patients here from March 23, the next day of nationwide Janata Curfew.
Omana, the retired nurse got a call to join at the isolation ward after a few days from her retirement. She has engaged in giving the guidelines to the people who visit the isolation ward. Hence, she was allowed to go home every day. She used to bring various dishes prepared at home for her colleagues.
After 14 days, she was placed under quarantine at Bekal international hotel.
“Omana sister brought delicious payasam on Vishu day. It was an ever memorable moment in our life,” said one among the nurses.
“After 14 days of services, we are leaving the isolation ward,” wrote another nurse on the Facebook page.
“We feel really proud of being selected for nursing COVID-19 patients. Now, we are leaving this camp. We are happy that we were also a part of the fight against coronavirus around the globe,” said a nurse.
“We are really fortunate to be a part of this mission. Earlier, I was shocked. But later, I realized its life's reality. There is no other job which gives so much satisfaction,” added another nurse.
“ Whenever we enter the isolation ward by covering whole body with PPE, each patient looks at us with grief. A smile of satisfaction was there on their faces, whenever we enquire their health condition and distribute food, drinking water and medicines to them. The happiness we get from it is really priceless,” added another nurse.