Doctors and nurses stay put despite missing home


IPOH: “Home sweet home” will have to wait a while for some of the doctors and nurses here.

“There are quite a few of the staff members here who are from Klang Valley.

“They miss their family but they are also aware of the risk of travelling back, as many areas are now red zones,” said a doctor who declined to be named.

The doctor, who works at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, also said that there were staff members who had yet to return to see their family members living in other states since March.

Malaysia’s total caseload stood at 21,363 as of Monday. In Perak, the cumulative number is 415 infections, with 137 active cases. Most of the recent infections happened in Taiping (79 cases).

Other areas with a high number of active cases include Parit Buntar (14) and Lekir (12), while Ipoh and Pengkalan Hulu each have six cases.

The doctor said the movement restrictions in March had been disruptive to his three children’s daily routine. He said his children had been spending too much time on screens during the three months as classes had been suspended.

“I was mostly at work and was unable to supervise them,” he added.

He also said that the current standard operating procedure had been tough on patients.

“With the new norms, we cannot see as many patients as before.

“Appointments have to be postponed, including surgery for non-urgent cases,” he said.

A 29-year-old nurse at the hospital, who also declined to be named, said she had not returned to her hometown in Manjung since March.

“I call my parents regularly to check up on them and they assure me that they will be careful,” she said.

“Personally, it is quite mentally exhausting but we still need to continue fighting,” she added.

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