Fight COVID-19 stigmatisation and paranoia says Director of Health
Shillong: In a meeting with several doctors of various private and government hospitals on Tuesday in Shillong, several issues were raised including discrimination faced by health workers and patients not related to COVID-19 when returning to their homes.
There have been instances where health workers were prevented from returning home. Even non-COVID-19 patients admitted at hospitals, upon returning home are sent to 14-day quarantine.
Director of Health Services, Dr Aman Warr says, “The health workers when returning to their village are not allowed to return home, which I feel is making them feel like they are carriers of this virus, which is very wrong. They are frontline workers providing critical healthcare services, and without them, the system can become dysfunctional. At this point, we want all hospitals to be functional.”
Dr Warr advised village authorities to check with the hospitals and district administration if they are worried about patients who are returning home.
He added that hospitals have already given the certificate allowing the person is fit to go back home.
“The precautions we take are harsh. COVID-19 is here to stay, and our efforts are to contain the virus. So if the health workers and patients who are not COVID-19 related are looked at with a jaundiced eye, then what about the positive cases?” asked Dr Warr.
“It is going to happen to every house, one day or the other. And when it happens and when you see that there is nothing that can be done at home because they don’t allow you to take care of the patient at home, then you will feel the pinch. So before you feel the pinch, let us be very clear and educate ourselves. COVID-19 is here to stay, and we have to learn how to live with it,” said Dr Warr.