Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, nurses across the world have emerged as the guardian angels during this unprecedented crisis.
As ‘International Nurses Day’ is being observed across the globe today, it is a perfect opportunity to honour their hard work and sacrifice from the forefront in fight against the pandemic.
It is only nurses who provide the primary care and treatment to the patients and asses their vital parameters essential for their survival in battle against the disease.
Like always, during this emergency health crisis, nurses have emerged as the first line of defence as Covid warriors and are risking their own lives to keep others safe.
However, most of the times, they remain unsung, their struggle and toil get un-noticed.
Many nurses in Odisha are working overtime during this pandemic which has taken a serious toll their mental and physical health.
Take the case of Lopamudra Ratha who has been working as a staff nurse in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for the last 13 years.
Ratha could hardly give any time to her family since the upsurge in the pandemic.
“Previously we were working for eight hours in the hospital. But due to the unprecedented situation because of Covid-19, I now have to spend most of the time in attending the patients. I can hardly get few hours of time to take care of my loved ones," said Ratha.
Though she is afraid at times, she has considered the call of duty greater than her own happiness. Moreover, she takes a lot of pride in being a nurse.
Ratha is also lucky enough to get the necessary support from her family members during this difficult time.
“I am really proud of my mother. She is really focused on her job and doing a lot of sacrifice for it,” said Lopamudra’s daughter Abhipsa Panda.
Like Lopamudra, Bishnupriya Dhala is also playing an important role in the fight against Covid-19. Dhala works as a nurse at Kapila Prasad Urban Primary Health Center in Bhubaneswar. However, she has been temporarily discharging her duty at the drive in vaccination center at Esplanade mall in Rasulgarh.
With PPE kits on, she administers Covid-19 vaccines to people from 8 am to 1 pm every day. Then she takes medical care of the Covid-19 patients currently in quarantine.
“People are dying around and it’s really scary at times. But we have no option but to serve the patients during the pandemic. It’s our profession and we have to discharge our duties carefully with all kinds of precautions,” said Dhala.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, BJP national Vice-President Baijayant Panda and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan extended their good wishes to the caregivers on the occasion of the ‘International Nurses Day’.
“Nurses are at the forefront in providing care to Covid-19 patients and saving innumerable lives. On International Nurses Day, I offer my gratitude to the frontline warriors who are working with dedication and determination to save lives and improve case recoveries,” tweeted Patnaik.