Witnessing the dedication of our medical staff up close

HAVING to remain in a Covid-19 ward for 27 days gave me an opportunity to observe the dedication, speed and care displayed by healthcare frontliners working in difficult conditions.

Wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE) that comprises an astronaut-like suit during the many hours of their duty period is no child’s play. The whole body, from head to toe, is totally covered in different types of plastic material, including gloves, masks and visors. The shoes are covered in a webbed type of plastic which look like it could restrict easy movement. Nevertheless, everyone moved with great speed when attending to emergencies.

When they came up to examine me, I could see beads of sweat all over their faces that they couldn’t wipe away because of the heavy plastic covers. Yet, despite the discomfort, they never missed a step in their duties and served us patients with diligence and care.

The PPE made everyone anonymous; sometimes the word “Doctor” would be scribbled on a visor so the more perturbed patients would be reassured.

Food was always promptly served with a refreshing apple or orange too. And many thanks for promptly getting hot and cold water to the beds! However, the vegetarian food and food for patients on the anticoagulant warfarin need some attention.

I appeal to a dietitian to look into this area.

I would like to record my appreciation of and thanks for the

excellent co-ordination and implementation of the Covid-19 treatment system by the authorities in Ward 8D, Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban.

During my almost month-long stay, I witnessed medical frontliners who unselfishly dedicated themselves to excellent patient care. I pray for their good health and the well-being of their families.

PENSIONER , Seremban

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