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COVID Warrior: Gujarat Doctor Highlights The After-effects Of Wearing PPE Through His Sweat-drenched Photo

Recently, Dr Sohil Makwana from GMERS Medical College at Dharpur, Gujarat shared a collage of two photographs – one in his PPE suit and another without it – that showed him completely drenched in sweat

COVID Warrior: Gujarat Doctor Highlights The After-effects Of Wearing PPE Through His Sweat-drenched Photo

New Delhi: As India continues to report a surge in daily COVID-19 cases, healthcare and frontline workers are bending over backwards to save lives and help the country deal with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Highlighting the burden of healthcare workers as they work for long hours wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), Dr Sohil Makwana from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad shared a picture on social media. Dr Makwana’s sweat drenched picture showing the after-effects of wearing PPE went viral on social media.

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On April 28, Dr Sohil Makwana who works at GMERS Medical College at Dharpur, Gujarat shared a collage of two photographs that showed him completely drenched in sweat – one in his PPE suit and another without it. He captioned the picture as, “Proud to serve the nation.”

In the following tweet, Dr Makwana urged citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine jab and stay safe. He wrote, “Talking on the behalf of all doctors and health workers.. we are really working hard away from our family.. sometimes a foot away from positive patient, sometimes an inch away from critically ill oldies… I request please go for vaccination.. it’s only solution ! Stay safe.”

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NDTV spoke to Dr Makwana to know what was going on in his mind on the day he clicked his picture in PPE and shared it on social media. Dr Makwana said,

It was a very hot and humid day. I was in the PPE doing my rounds and then later in my room writing up case papers. I thought to take pictures to show how difficult this is for doctors and healthcare workers.

Dr Makwana also spoke about the current COVID-19 situation and the challenges being faced by health workers at large in the fight against COVID-19. He said,

The situation is worst everywhere. Now the cases have declined; the patient flow has reduced; the resources and infrastructure have improved. We have started another hospital with 125 beds in our campus. We were expecting a thunderstorm (of Covid cases) in the second wave but what we got was a tsunami. There was a sudden surge in cases. We were expecting 200 patients but we were flooded with over 500. The sudden surge in cases led to a resource crunch and this happened everywhere. Also, in this wave, youngsters have been affected more.

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Elaborating more on the struggles of healthcare workers on COVID-19 duty, Dr Makwana spoke about staying away from family for weeks and mental stress. To beat the stress, Dr Makwana, who is also a writer, dedicates one hour to writing every day and also exercises regularly.

Dr Makwana also highlighted the additional pressure his female colleagues, particularly those with young children at home, face.

Children cannot stay without their mothers. For women who have children at home, this is even more difficult to manage family and emergency duties and women are always given extra duties anyway. For females it is cumbersome, he added.

Speaking on behalf of all health workers including nurses and medical students, Dr Makwana urged everyone, especially youngsters to take the coronavirus seriously. He signed off with a profound appeal and said,

Isolation and vaccination is the only solution we have. We need to stay at our home to contain the catastrophic second wave of COVID-19. We might have a third or fourth wave as well.

Also Read: Into The Life Of Corona Warriors, Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic Since The Start

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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