15 January, 2021

Covid-19 Diary | To Be Back In The Isolation Ward Was Just Living Up To An Oath I Had Taken As A Physician

Within three days of testing negative, Dr Rijuta De was back in the ward from she had possibly contracted the coronavirus

Covid-19 Diary | To Be Back In The Isolation Ward Was Just Living Up To An Oath I Had Taken As A Physician
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2020-06-12T20:15:17+05:30
The Biggest Test

Oath may seem like a tiny word, but it contains a universe of expectations. To live up to the vows one swears allegiance to is a big challenge. Our leaders, unfortunately, have failed to serve and protect the people of India during the pandemic.

I, however, hope I have remained honest to the Hippocratic oath I had taken in August 2017. In the past few months, I have faced the biggest test as a doctor. April-May will be engraved in my memories for the rest of my life. I treated patients, tested positive for COVID-19 and emerged from the disease a stronger person. Within three days of testing negative, I was back in the COVID-19 ward at Calcutta’s Peerless Hospital.

It’s been a fortnight since I returned. As patients with other diseases too come to the hospital, the COVID-19 section has been completely isolated. It can be mentally damning to stay so secluded. But that’s the nature of our work. As they say,...

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