A member of the Ghana Association of Doctors in Residency has shared her story on what it is like to be on the frontline of healthcare in the fight to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Speaking on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show, Tuesday, Dr Priscilla Orleans Kpodo said even though Covid-19 is anxiety-provoking, every doctor fighting at the centre is aware of the risks but is not scared.
“We’re not panicking but we are definitely alert looking out for the patients who are infected so that we can put in the right strategies to contain the condition for the nation and the world at large,” she said.
“Before the coronavirus was recorded in Ghana we definitely were in the know about the virus; that it was spreading across the world and so we were definitely alert.”
So far, 52 cases have been confirmed in the country; two of which have died from Covid-19.
“It’s new and we learn new things about it every day [but] we are not scared. It is anxiety-provoking; I would not lie but if I’m anxious what would the person do? This is part of our job,” the doctor uttered.
“We only need to be more alert and put in the right things in place to prevent as much spread because the importance of the spread or the infection, of a healthcare worker, is that we stand the risk of spreading it. So it is important we are safe so that we don’t spread it and worsen the situation,” she added.
“We always have to put ourselves in check and get ourselves into the moment and do what we have to do so that we protect ourselves.”
“The importance of me getting infected is really not only about me but also about the next patient I will be seeing. They may be coming with hypertension, diabetes because as we know, the fact that Covid-19 around does not mean people won’t be sick with other conditions and they need to access the hospitals.”
“There are some patients you’ve seen that come in and are suspected but thankfully the results have come out negative. Then you would ask yourself what if it was positive? Was I well prepared in terms of what I need to protect myself to prevent being infected.” “It’s a daily moment by moment experience for us,” she highlighted.