On one hand where people are confined to their homes, businesses and educational institutions are shut amid pandemic, on the other hand front-line workers are fighting against Covid-19. Doctors, health care among other workers are helping the country to tackle the situation.
An optimistic story comes from Jammu’s Kathua district where an eight-month pregnant doctor Dr Shivani Sharma continues with her job to help the team in battling against Covid.
Despite being an expectant mother she is working hard to save other people’s life at a Community Health Centre in Lakhanpur.
Many passengers keep arriving by road at Lakhanpur , the main entry point of Jammu & Kashmir, CHC Lakhanpur witnesses footfall of passengers, besides catering to healthcare needs of the surrounding population.
CHC Lakhanpur has done regular testing and provides regular OPD services as well as vaccinating people.
Dr. Shivani Sharma was five month pregnant when she was to join her duty as a Medical Officer. She said that she was happy but stressed as well as it will be hard for her at such times of pandemic but she never wanted to give up and hold back her duties so she joined the work to help others.
Dr Shivani further said that she doesn’t want her pregnancy to be the cause of not performing her duties. She has a lot of support from her family. Moreover her husband is also a practicing doctor. She said that she is sure her baby will be safe and helping others is her priority. She says that she is lucky that she has such a supportive family who keeps asking about her well being.
Though CHC has not assigned her Covid-19 patients duty but she keeps counselling patients who have similar symptoms of Covid. Moreover Dr. Shivani said that her team is very supportive as well and she follows a proper Covid protocol at her duty. “This is the time where we can serve people and come out as winners in battling Covid-19” she said.