COVID Fighters: Meet Agnes, A Head Nurse From Mumbai Who Is Posted In A COVID-19 Dedicated Hospital

COVID Fighters: Meet Agnes, A Head Nurse From Mumbai Who Is Posted In A COVID-19 Dedicated Hospital

Drawing from her 27-years of experience as a nurse, Ms Agnes who was made in-charge of setting up the COVID-19 ward in Sevenhills Hospital in Mumbai groomed the entire team of nurses for their COVID duty
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COVID Fighters: Meet Agnes, A Head Nurse From Mumbai Who Is Posted In A COVID-19 Dedicated HospitalI always believe in positivity, says Ms Agnes as she fights COVID-19 from the frontline
Highlights
  • Ms Agnes is Head Nurse of the COVID-19 ward in Mumbai’s Sevenhills Hospital
  • She was responsible for setting up the COVID-19 ward
  • Ms Agnes trained her nursing team for the COVID duty

New Delhi: Agnes heads the nursing department in Sevenhills hospital, a COVID-19 facility in Mumbai that’s partly managed by Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. It is one of the first COVID-19 hospitals in India and Ms Agnes and her team, along with other staff from Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital have been posted at the hospital for COVID duty since March.

Utilising her 27-years of experience as a nurse, Ms Agnes was in charge of setting up the COVID-19 ward as well as grooming the entire team for their duty. Talking about her COVID duty, she tells NDTV,

At present, I’m heading the entire nursing department, from 9 am to 6:30-7 pm. Throughout our shift, we have to wear our scrubs, and then PPE kits, including gloves, masks, face shields. We have to work non-stop until we can take breaks which happens in every 5-6 hours on rotation. Working in a COVID-19 hospital, all the cases we get are serious and critical. Many of them are patients who are elderly have comorbidity. We also get some mentally challenged patients so we have to look after them as well.

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Ms Agnes says that back in March when she was setting up the ward and training her team for the COVID duty, she observed that her team was extremely afraid of the job. Due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, Ms Agnes says that people were very demotivated to take up the duty.

Initially, when we found out that we will be posted in the COVID ward, there was a sense of fear among everybody. My team were very sacred to go inside and see the patients, to take care of them. But as the head, it was my responsibility to make them comfortable with the duty. I talked to them, I was guiding them and had to support them through it. Their fear was valid, but we had a job at hand, a crucial one at that. I used to explain to them that if you are taking precautions, following protocols, guidelines and wearing PPE, you can be safe. It took quite some time to help them overcome the fear and it was my biggest challenge.

She further said that now, her very hardworking team is at a point, where they don’t worry about their shift timings, all they want to do is save lives.

Our job is to save the lives of many needy patients who have nobody but us to look after them, she added.

Ms Agnes says that they have to look after many elderly, critical patients, a lot of whom are aged above 80.

Right now, we have a patient who is 102-years-old, she said.

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This, according to Ms Agnes, is challenging because their morale goes very down as soon as they get tested positive.

Elderly patients are most vulnerable to COVID-19 fatality and here they also don’t have the support of their family or loved one as they are isolated. We have to give them motivation, we indulge in conversations to distract them, we also make them DO video callS with their families. Because it’s just us, whom they have in the facility.

When it comes to COVID-19 testing of the staff, Ms Agnes says that the entire nursing staff in the Sevenhils hospital gets tested every alternate day using antigen tests and every week using an RT-PCR test.

Every time I have to get tested, I pray to God to spare me from the virus. It is a very nerve-racking situation, having to work on the frontline of the virus and getting tested every alternate day to ensure we are safe, she shared.

Ms Agnes has only visited her home once since March, as she and her entire team has to quarantine at a hotel accommodation, provided by the hospital to help save her family from contracting the coronavirus.

My family includes me, my husband, my daughter who is pursuing her masters and my son who is in 10th standard. I have not lived at home since March and only visited once this month, after getting tested thoroughly. My family had to adjust to my absence, take care of all the household chores and pray for my safety. It was a big adjustment and we all had to cope with it. Here at duty, my team, my managers, my staff, we are all like a family, living together at the hotel and are going through the same thing. It’s comforting in that manner.

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Lastly, Ms Agnes highlights the importance of positivity through these tough times.

I always believe in positivity. If I am positive, I can learn, deal with any situation. I’m very thankful to God that I have been safe until now. And I believe that my positive nature makes others around me feel more positive be it my team or the patients. I truly feel that nursing is not only my profession, but it is also my calling.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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  1. Good work. God may bless you all in your all activities and pray this covid 19 disappear from the world very soon.

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