Â Frontline workers offered parental care to sick children in
pandemic: Dr. Showkat Hussain Tali
Â Amid rumors that the third wave of Covid19 will hit
children, Dr. Showkat Hussain Tali, pediatriÂcian and neonatologist appealed to
people not to panic for a theoretical posÂsibility. He said that as in the
first two waves majority of people (close to 95%) affected were adults. Up till
today, all vaccination progammes have been carried out only for the adult
population. So there is a probabilÂity that the third Covid wave, if any, may
mainly affect children.
He further explained that
children often get infected by adults and other children from schools,
playfields and at social gathÂerings.
Since the outbreak of the
pandemic, like other frontline workers, Dr. Showkat too remained busy in
dealing with the health situation. â€œAs pediatrics is a demanding branch and
pediatric care is critical, thereÂfore, from March 2020 when the pandemic hit
J&K, I along with other colleagues reÂmained very much busy. Dealing with
CoÂvid19 positive cases offline and online also kept me immensely busyâ€, he
Dr. Showkat said the pandemic was
enÂtirely different to deal with. He informed that more than a dozen doctors and
paraÂmedics from Pediatric unit of GMC AnantÂnag contracted Covid19 infection
but that did not stop them from treating the sick children.
â€œThough many of my colleagues
tested Covid19 positive in the line of duty but they continued delivering their
professional duties. We adjusted our duty roasters besides isolating infected
colleagues in a way that patient care got least affectedâ€, Dr. Showkat said.
The pediatrician recalls that
despite receiving several Covid positive cases, they did not shy away from their
The doctor recalls they have
witnessed many gut-wrenching scenes during panÂdemic.
â€œWe witnessed incidents where
family members were reluctant to touch Covid positive kids out of fear that
they may conÂtract the Covid disease. On contrary, we doctors and other health
care workers ofÂfered our selfless services to best of our capabilities,â€ he
â€œThe frontline workers offered
parental care to the sick children during the panÂdemic," the doctor
Dr. Showkat, who is also a
neonatologist, said that though the second wave was more scary in nature, yet
people were more frightÂened during the first wave of the pandemic.
When asked how you deal with your
kids when you return from your duties, the doctor with a laughter says,
"It is easy to deal with the Covid 19 than to deal with the kids at home.
You can't resist a hug from your little ones waiting for you at the door once
you return from the work. After all life has to go one in the midest of fear
and hope." In his message for the people, he said, "Though the fear
of pandemic has lost its grip and sheen but that does not mean we should be
careless and behave as mindless. Till Covid19 and a susceptible population is
there, we must not take things lightly."
He appealed people to be vigilant
and to take utmost precautions for a few more months and get immediately get
vaccination as it is the only sure way to defeat the virus and the pandemic.