Covid-19 has been spreading like wildfire and caught everybody including those supposed to be responsive unawares. More than 50000 cases were added to Jammu and Kashmir’s burgeoning tally in the fortnight days while nearly around one thousand people were claimed as victims by the ravaging virus during the time. The situation everywhere is gloomy. Amid all this, warriors including doctors, 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. Unfortunately, a number of doctors and other healthcare workers lost their life in the line of duty. Most of the doctors and other healthcare workers have placed the patients at the centre of their attention and choice. Some who lost the battle for life after contracting the virus were mobilising all layers of leadership about the realities of the pandemic, raising awareness of its potentially devastating impact and the need for immediate action in order to save lives. Their role remains crucial and it has remained so throughout the response. They continue to serve at the front lines. At the outset of the pandemic, doctors warned of the potential implications of the virus. As the virus spread, many doctors provided treatment for a disease they little understood, while others contributed to accelerated research on potential treatments and vaccines.
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 a fight can be only won when there is a 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.