Dr. Roman Dhital
As on every other day in my telemedicine duty, I was busy answering calls all afternoon. As soon as I hung up and went to the bathroom, my phone rang again. I hurried from the bathroom to pick up the call. I heard a familiar voice on the line. That person was pleading for help; he sounded stressed and anxious. "I am sick! I got infected with Covid-19! I have been trying to reach hospitals, but they do not have beds. I learned about this program from Facebook and called you right away." It was my friend on the phone. I had just met him ten days back and I had not talked to him after that. There were overwhelming no of COVID cases in the hospital I was working at, so I was busy with my own work. I panicked for a moment after hearing my friend's voice, but soon I got hold of myself and talked to my friend. We discussed his symptoms and as everything seemed fine, I reassured him about his health and asked him to stay in isolation.
Dr. Sajana Poudel
My first day at work
Fresh out of college, I was very excited to work as a medical officer. I was posted in a district hospital. On my first day at work, I woke up early in the morning, got ready, and was headed towards the OPD building by 9 am. I had to wait for almost an hour before the helper didi came and opened the doors. That day, I finished my OPD hours by almost 2.30, and later I was asked to continue the 24 hours duty. I happily said 'yes, because this was what I had wanted. I wanted to be busy, attend to patients and I wanted to feel like I was making an impact. Just as I was contemplating how great my day was going, I received a call from the police dai stationed at the hospital. Much to my dismay, he said that we had a postmortem case for the day and we had to complete it by 4 pm. He asked me to come with Bhim dai to the mortuary (name changed, Bhim dai was an office helper.)
Dr. Richa Dhakal
Volunteering in a nutshell
Nepal is a developing country where health care facilities are centralized in major cities. During the second wave of the COVID pandemic, patients were unable to get treatment in the hospitals due to limited resources, and so the death toll was increasing rapidly. Consultation with a doctor was next to impossible as many physician offices and clinics were closed during the lockdown. In this chaotic situation, while I was seeking ways to engage in providing care for those who needed it, I saw a post on social media asking for volunteers for teleconsultation. At such desperate times when the number of sick patients and death was rising, I immediately volunteered to serve. Through the telehealth platform, I was able to serve people from every corner of my country who otherwise I would not have been able to meet. For me, teleconsultation was a new and invigorating experience, where with the power of my voice, I was able to heal the sick.
Dr. Rohini Nepal
COVID and menstruation: two peas in a pod?
The whole world came to a standstill after COVID- 19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO in March 2020. A mere virus but so contagious and fatal that the fundamentally social human beings were compelled to be isolated. Looking at it from another perspective, it has become an example of how something so small can rattle the entire world and change its usual ways. Due to this unforeseen situation, going out was no more an option but, people found alternative ways to stay connected via means of technology. These very same technological advances that were debatable earlier on the grounds of promoting social isolation now turned out to be promoting social interaction from afar. Not only did it help promote social interaction at such desperate times but it also helped save lives. Yet another surprising turn of events while coping with the ongoing situation.
Tele-Mental Health: An initiative to bridge the gap between mental health care providers and their patients - Dr. Priyanka Shah
Dr. Priyanka Shah
The COVID-19 health crisis has led to economic hardship, bereavement and social isolation which has affected the mental health of the people globally. But poor health resources, lack of Intensive care beds in hospitals, lack of ventilators, lack of oxygen cylinders, poorly equipped health system, and political instability in the country have intensified the overall impact and suffering of mental health of people in our country Nepal.