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COVID Warriors: ‘Stay At Home Unless Absolutely Necessary,’ Says Piyush, A COVID Nurse From Mumbai

Piyush, a 30-year-old head nurse at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai, originally hails from Kerala where his parents currently reside and have not met them for a year, he wishes to visit them as soon as this pandemic comes to a halt

‘Stay At Home Unless Absolutely Necessary,’ Says Piyush, A COVID Nurse From Mumbai
Highlights
  • Every day is a challenge: Piyush
  • PPE Kits make it difficult to provide the utmost care for patients: Piyush
  • We get antigen test every alternate day, RT-PCR tests weekly: Piyush

New Delhi: Piyush Vijayan, Speciality Nurse is the head nurse in the Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital, who is posted at Sevehills COVID facility in Mumbai, which is one of the first dedicated COVID hospitals of the country. Piyush originally hails from Kerala where his parents currently reside and have not met them for a year, he wishes to visit them as soon as this pandemic comes to a halt.

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Talking about his job during the pandemic, he tells NDTV,

I’ve been posted as a floor in-charge nurse since March, in the COVID ward. I’m at the frontline of the COVID fight, and I’m taking care of mild to moderate COVID patients who are isolated in the ward. My day to day duties include taking care of the patients, and their medication administration, during my 8-10 hour long shift, which rotates from morning to evening to night.

Talking about the challenges he faces in his job amid a pandemic, Piyush says that ‘every day is a challenge’. However, the main one that hampers their communication and makes it difficult for them to provide care to the patients is the Personal Protective Equipment kits.

In the PPE kits, which we have to wear throughout our shift to protect ourselves, no one can see our faces. Patients are very anxious sometimes, they can’t see us, there is no connection, so it only triggers their anxiety. We aren’t able to comfort them in a way they need, due to the restrictions posed by our PPE kits. They also didn’t listen to us when we advised them something to help. Convincing them to agree with is another difficult task. We are trying our best to help them cope with this crisis situation, he said.

Talking about supporting his team and colleagues, Piyush says that as nurses, they are dealing with lots of people and departments where everyone is facing frustration. This frustration is a direct result of long working hours, stressful shifts plus the PPE kits. Therefore, cooperation is an absolutely crucial part of their job right now.

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He further said that his colleagues also get very anxious about their family, as some of them haven’t met their families in 6-7 months, since they are all putting up in a hotel right now. While on the other hand there’s also the fear of contracting the disease.

Supporting each other to maintain a positive attitude is also quite challenging, said Piyush.

Piyush says that he’s very thankful for his hospital as they are paying the utmost attention to the safety of their healthcare workers. He and his team get tested every alternate day, through antigen testing and once a week they get RT-PCR tests.

Every doctor, nurse and healthcare worker is giving their best to this crisis situation. I would like to request all the people to please follow COVID protocols to protect themselves and others. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary, Piyush signed off.

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World

26,21,50,955Cases
22,29,25,306Active
3,40,18,299Recovered
52,07,350Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,21,50,955 and 52,07,350 have died; 22,29,25,306 are active cases and 3,40,18,299 have recovered as on November 30, 2021 at 3:50 am.

India

3,45,87,822 6,990Cases
1,00,5433,316Active
3,40,18,299 10,116Recovered
4,68,980 190Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,87,822 confirmed cases including 4,68,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,00,543 and 3,40,18,299 have recovered as on November 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,34,980 536

11,525 338

64,82,493 853

1,40,962 21

Kerala

51,37,091 3,382

45,138 2,514

50,51,998 5,779

39,955 117

Karnataka

29,95,857 257

6,907 47

29,50,747 205

38,203 5

Tamil Nadu

27,26,197 730

8,291 46

26,81,434 767

36,472 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,725 101

2,102 38

20,56,184 138

14,439 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,387 5

86 3

16,87,391 2

22,910

West Bengal

16,15,378 511

7,733 71

15,88,172 571

19,473 11

Delhi

14,40,900 34

285 3

14,15,517 36

25,098 1

Odisha

10,48,880 197

2,165 26

10,38,306 221

8,409 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,779 16

318 12

9,92,868 28

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,770 12

187 12

9,45,628 24

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,435 27

262 22

8,17,081 49

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,150 12

126 4

7,82,496 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,692 16

165 3

7,61,473 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,219 2

39 2

7,16,517 4

9,663

Telangana

6,75,798 184

3,581 46

6,68,227 137

3,990 1

Assam

6,16,708 140

2,595 96

6,08,015 230

6,098 6

Punjab

6,03,258 18

329 11

5,86,330 26

16,599 3

Jharkhand

3,49,232 11

95 2

3,43,997 9

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,227 8

132 44

3,36,687 51

7,408 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,681 150

1,626 32

3,30,579 181

4,476 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,093 90

824 29

2,22,422 61

3,847

Goa

1,78,890 24

276 3

1,75,230 19

3,384 2

Mizoram

1,34,810 437

3,805 95

1,30,512 531

493 1

Puducherry

1,28,893 12

296 16

1,26,725 28

1,872

Manipur

1,25,169 17

655 30

1,22,539 43

1,975 4

Tripura

84,791 4

78 8

83,890 10

823 2

Meghalaya

84,461 17

285 16

82,704 32

1,472 1

Chandigarh

65,456 8

58 4

64,578 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,273 4

35 2

54,958 2

280

Sikkim

32,233 5

121 6

31,709 11

403

Nagaland

32,109 9

140 5

31,273 4

696

Ladakh

21,540 12

250 18

21,076 29

214 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

24 4

10,319 4

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,683 2

8 2

7,546

129

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