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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

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

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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  1. Josmani

    September 26, 2020 at 8:49 am

    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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