Many Covid warriors for the past one and a half year while performing their duties have contracted the virus. While few lost the battle, many recovered and continue to treat infected patients.
One such story is of Dr Syed Arif Hussain, who returned from the death bed after contracting Covid virus in the line of duty.
However, Hussain said though the experience was scary he never hesitated to return to the hospital where he was infected at the first place.
â€œJust like many others, I never thought that I would contract the virus. One day I felt feverish and soon had body ache and diarrhoea. Few days later I tested positive for Covid,â€ Hussain said.
Hussain, who is Consulting Anesthetist and Pain Specialist at Government JLNM hospital, said that initially he was admitted to a hospital but was later shifted to tertiary care hospital after his health deteriorated.
â€œI was critical. At one time doctors almost gave up on me, such was the condition. It was only after one month that I was discharged from the hospital,â€ he said.
After getting discharged from the hospital, it took Hussain two more months to recover fully.
â€œI had two choices, either to give up or fight it out. I choose the latter. Staying positive is the best thing to do while battling Covid,â€ he said. â€œAfter getting discharged from the hospital I was on a wheelchair, and put on oxygen.â€
Hussain said with the support of the family soon after he was on his feet, he was back on the duty roaster.
â€œI am a doctor. It is my duty to treat patients. And maybe Allah spared my life, so that I will continue to serve my people,â€ Hussain said.
Hussain said that his experience in dealing with Covid-19 has taught him a new lesson.
â€œWe have never seen a pandemic before. It is the first time in our life that we have to deal with such a medical situation,â€ he said.
Hussain said more than a physical toll; the effect of Covid on mental health has far reaching consequences.
â€œYou need to be mentally strong.Â It is not easy to deal with the situation when you know it can prove deadly,â€ he said.
Hussain said apart from looking after severe Covid patients, he has been looking after many Covid positive pregnant women in the past one and a half year.
â€œWe have two sections in the hospital. One where general Covid patients are admitted and another where Covid positive pregnant women are admitted,â€ he said. â€œSince the pandemic, we operated to deliver around 100 babies so far.â€
Â Hussain said dealing with the second wave is more challenging as compared to the initial stage of the pandemic.
â€œThe number of patients has increased many folds in the past one month. We have started the ICU service as well,â€ he said. â€œ
Hussain said getting vaccination and following SOPs holds the key to slow down the spread of the virus.
â€œThere is a need for extra precaution. The second wave is severe. People shouldnâ€™t lower the guard at this critical juncture,â€ he said.