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National Doctor’s Day: Tackling Mental Health While Treating People Amid Pandemic

COVID-19 has revealed situations that are unforeseen and unusual, even for doctors and exposure to such condition that calls for a constant need to be aware of the latest medical advances and medical procedures are certainly adding to doctors’ mental pressure

National Doctor's Day: Tackling Mental Health While Treating People Amid Pandemic
Highlights
  • In a fight against COVID-19, doctors are the first line of defence
  • Since the COVID-19 outbreak, doctors are working relentlessly to save lives
  • PPE kits while treating COVID-19 patients adds to doctor's exhaustion

New Delhi: After over three months of being in the crosshairs of the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis has become a definite test for one’s mental health. Treating COVID-19 patients at proximity, watching the disease claim the lives of people – it only takes a second of thought to realise how much doctors around the globe have put their own life in jeopardy and how the situation can take a toll on their mental health. However, to understand more about how the doctors are coping with the situation in detail, ANI spoke to a few health care professionals who like many other experts are on working relentlessly to save people’s life amid the pandemic.

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Apart from seeking help from family and friends, Dr Gauri Aggarwal, Infertility and IVF Specialist, Founder of Seeds of Innocence and Genestrings Lab, ensures that she takes “small breaks in between and a stroll inside the corridor of the hospital” to unwind, while taking care to adhere to all public health protocols.

Moreover, we have a highly motivated team. That is the one thing that makes these tough times enjoyable, Dr Aggarwal added.

COVID-19 has revealed situations that are unforeseen and unusual, even for doctors. Such exposure to new, yet vulnerable condition, that calls for a constant need to be aware of the latest medical advances and medical procedures are certainly adding to doctors’ mental pressure.

We get various patients with several other co-morbidities and we must be extra cautious when we prescribe medicines to them after considering all the health conditions. At times, it pushes us to our limits. Also, the highly infectious disease has made us revisit our working protocols – for example, deliveries continue even in the lockdown and we have to revamp our standard protocol to add safety measures. This was challenging initially – we are used to interacting with new mothers personally – now, our touch is layered in gloves, and our faces covered with PPE, Dr Aggarwal said.

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Regardless of the workload, almost every day is stressful when it comes to keeping up with the latest medical updates, and also the job becomes tougher when the public are being careless and not following proper hygiene and social distancing protocols, said Dr. P Hanumantha Rao – Senior Consultant Orthopaedic, Apollo TeleHealth.

I try to focus on doing things with care and detail, and that in itself helps deal with the stress. Indoor exercises like yoga and running on the treadmill help me improve my mood and sleep quality, Dr Rao said while explaining ways to tackle the mental pressure amid these trying times.

Dr Rao also tries to stay in touch with the family even during duty, as the doctor says, “making sure they are alright is something that helps me get through the day.”

However, to maintain the “calm and composure” in front of patients, Dr Rao says he has to make conscious efforts.

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Letting them know you are stressed will make them more worried, which will, in turn, add to your stress. So that is something I consciously avoid, the doctor said.

Apart from the rising number of COVID cases, and the fear of contracting the disease, one another condition that adds to doctor’s exhaustion is wearing the preventive requirements, including PPE kits and other necessary precautions, said Dr Gaurav Maheshwari, Chief Surgical Gastroenterologist, Paras Hospitals, Panchkula.

Doctors across the globe are voluntarily isolating themselves from their dear ones to avoid the danger of spreading coronavirus. However, Dr Gaurav Maheshwari says: “isolation is difficult, but it is an essential practice. We must try to shield the vulnerable family members like the elderly and people with comorbidities.”

Practising mind-calming exercises such as meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are some of the key measures Dr Maheshwari tries to adopt to avoid stress during such unprecedented times.

Also Read: Mumbai Doctor Jalil Parkar Calls His Fight Against COVID-19 As ‘Defeating Death’

COVID-19 pandemic has kept the world in a tough, yet, required lesson about staying mindful of health and hygienic practices. Doctors, along with other frontline warriors are relentlessly serving the nation to put a halt to the spreading virus.

On National Doctor’s Day (July 1), we are bound to honour every selfless doctor and extend our contribution to shifting the narrative by bringing more number of recovery rates during the pandemic.

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World

26,14,68,997Cases
22,22,61,229Active
3,40,08,183Recovered
51,99,585Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,14,68,997 and 51,99,585 have died; 22,22,61,229 are active cases and 3,40,08,183 have recovered as on November 29, 2021 at 3:42 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

129

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