SERDANG: Health workers holding the fort at the Covid-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre 2.0 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang are putting up a brave front to motivate patients.
They do this as they go about looking after Covid-19 patients and putting behind their sadness of not being able to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha with their families.
To them, it is a small sacrifice that they are willing to make to provide some comfort to the patients who are fighting the disease away from their loved ones too.
Medical assistant supervisor Engku Mohd Nazri Engku Mansor said the patients felt miserable in the days leading to Hari Raya Aidiladha and became overwhelmed with sadness during takbir raya.
“It is very depressing for these infected patients to be away from their families during the occasion. That is why we provide Raya delicacies to cheer them up,” he said.
As a former Covid-19 patient, Engku Mohd Nazri could empathise with their level of stress and confusion due to the disease.
“Patients here have access to counselling services provided by the health authorities to help them cope with their current situation.
“Initially, these patients were confused before feelings of sadness and worry took over after several days,” he said.
“We need to be good at gauging their emotions and reading their facial expressions so that we can help them to adapt and try to make them happy.
“Our mind has to be strong. When I was infected, I was disheartened but I fought back after talking to several former patients,” he added.
Engku Mohd Nazri said Covid-19 patients should continue their daily activities because a healthy lifestyle could help them fight the effects of the disease.
Asked about the preparations in dealing with rising cases, he said health workers were always reminded it was their responsibility to keep fighting.
“I told my subordinates that we must never give up. We have to accept this as a challenge,” he said.
Checks showed about 50 Covid-19 patients performing the Aidiladha prayers and about 1,300 health workers participated in the takbir raya session.
The health workers were also provided with delicacies such as rendang, nasi impit and peanut gravy.
A patient, Samsiah Safar, 61, said she felt sad being away from her family.
“I’ve never been away from my children and grandchildren. It is even more depressing as my husband and children cannot enjoy my rendang dish this year,” she said.
Samsiah, who has been admitted for the past five days as a Category 3 patient, is suffering from pneumonia but she does not need oxygen.
“I accept this as a test. I hope all Malaysians will abide by the standard operating procedure and get vaccinated,” she said.
For teen patient Mummhad Adif Nazman, he prayed that his father, who is now in critical condition at Hospital Banting, would stay strong and recover soon.
The 13-year-old, who contracted the disease from his father, is currently undergoing quarantine alone.
“I also pray for my mother, who is now being treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh,” he said.
Another patient, Noor Azilah Sahlan, 47, described Hari Raya Aidiladha this year as “very challenging” with the passing of her husband on Friday at Hospital Klang.
“I accept this as fate,” said the mother of six. — Bernama