Spouses manage to hold the fort at home


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  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

IPOH: While medical frontliners are fighting hard to combat Covid-19, their other half is also working equally hard behind the scenes.

Housewife Natasha Zainal, 31, whose husband is a doctor at a health clinic, makes sure that anything he touches is sanitised.

“I help him sanitise his car and keys as our three-year-old daughter would sometimes grab them.

“She also has a habit of rushing to her father for a hug every time he comes home, ” she said.

“Since the movement control order (MCO), the first thing he does now is to clean up before hugging her, ” Natasha said, adding that she is not taking any chances.

Hanging on: Natasha Zainal said her daughter would cry as she needs to wait for her father to clean up first. (Inset) Saidatul worries about the her husband’s safety.Hanging on: Natasha Zainal said her daughter would cry as she needs to wait for her father to clean up first. (Inset) Saidatul worries about the her husband’s safety.

“I mop the floor and clean the furniture near the door with disinfectant daily. It might sound paranoid but I think it is necessary.”

Natasha said she was also concerned about the staff at her husband’s clinic, as most do not have time to cook.

“If only I could get extra groceries, I would cook for them.

“With two children with me, it’s been hard to get more ingredients and it has been a week that I’ve not gone to get groceries, ” she said, adding that her husband comes home as late as 9pm these days.

Pharmacist Saidatul Solehah Mohamad Nor, 33, said she would wash her husband’s clothes immediately upon his return.

Saidatul Solehah said her husband, a health inspector, was required to trace people who had close contact with a Covid-19 positive person and to get them tested.

“We usually get to welcome each other home, but things are different now. The moment he is home, he has to take a bath and wash his clothes right away.

“We are not in self-quarantine, but it’s to ensure we are both properly cleaned before we sit together, ” she said.

“And when we are outside, we try not to touch our face as the virus or germs could be everywhere.”

Saidatul Solehah Mohamad Nor is worried about the safety of her husband.Saidatul Solehah Mohamad Nor is worried about the safety of her husband.

Although she understood the risk her husband faces daily, Saidatul Solehah said she could not help but to worry about him.

“As someone from the medical field, I do know that such job comes with risks; but as a wife, I’m worried since he is in direct contact with those that have Covid-19.

“He told me that sometimes, it could go up to 40 persons per case, and it could take between 10 and 12 hours to complete tests for the entire group, ” she said.

“Although they work in shifts, sometimes they do not have enough manpower, causing them to work overtime, ” she said.

Saidatul Solehah advised people with symptoms to get themselves checked and to observe the MCO.

“When my husband goes to work, he is required to wear personal protective equipment.

“It costs more than RM100 per person and stock is running low.

“The frontliners are risking their lives, so everyone else needs to play their part and adhere to the the rules, ” she said.

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