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

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 PhotoCOVID Warrior Dr Sohil Makwana urged youngsters to not take coronavirus lightly as the second wave of COVID-19 has affected them more
Highlights
  • Dr Sohil Makwana shared 2 ways to fight COVID-19 - vaccination & isolation
  • Health care workers stay away from their family for weeks: Dr Makwana
  • Dr Makwana mentioned about the struggles of female healthcare workers

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

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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