Covid-19 has been spreading like wildfire and caught everybody including those supposed to be responsive unawares. Around 50000 cases were added to Jammu and Kashmir’s burgeoning tally in 12 days while over 800 people were claimed as victims by the ravaging virus during the time. The situation everywhere is gloomy. Amid all this, nurses and other healthcare workers continue to be at the forefront of the fight against the virus.
Since the first case of novel coronavirus infection in Jammu and Kashmir was reported in March last year, these healthcare workers have been discharging their duties untiringly. And at times, unfortunately, they even had to bear abuses and violence in the line of duty. Without much complaint, they endured the fear of stigma and isolation and carried on with their work.
On May 12, the world celebrates International Nurses Day and theme for this year was Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare. Along with others, nurses are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Like doctors and other healthcare workers, nurses are continuously providing high quality care often working without a break.
Without a doubt, on this International Nursing Day people across the world could not be more grateful to the nurses as during present horrific pandemic. Nurses continue to be the backbone of the hospitals and clinics, taking care of the millions of Covid-19 patients without even thinking much about their lives. Alongside concerns for their personal safety, health-care workers are anxious about passing the infection to their families.
Everyone must express gratitude towards all the doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers for making untiring efforts in the fight against the pandemic and rendering continuous services day and night.
They are an inspiration for all and continue to serve the people. Their dedication, courage, and patience remains to be praise worthy. With their support, the people can effectively control the spread of Coronavirus in the J&K. However it is imperative to understand that fight can be only won when there is united fight against it.
At the same time, it is imperative that safety of the healthcare workers is always maintained. Apart from PPE kits, other practical measures must be considered including family and psychological support. The healthcare workers are every nation’s most valuable resource and their protection must be the priority.