Every single day they risk their lives to keep us Malaysians safe. Our medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers working as frontliners are our heroes right now in this fight against Covid-19. Many of them sacrifice in putting their lives at risk so that we can be safe from the Covid-19 disease.
Major respects to all staff of all hospitals handling Covid-19 cases – especially the staff of the Sungai Buloh hospital which is the main Covid-19 designated centre. Applause for all the frontliners; doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are working so hard to help us during the Covid-19 outbreak. You are our real heroes!
1. Datin Dr Halina Mohd Yunos
Datin Dr Halina Mohd Yunos, 30, an anaesthetist and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) doctor who is also the wife of Angkasawan Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al-Masrie is one of the frontliners who fought her life in treating COVID-19 patients.
In her post, she urged Malaysians not to steal hand sanitizers from hospitals as it is an essential item to help them protect medical staff and others from Covid-19. What makes her even frustrated when they proudly post on social media about their bad behaviour.
2. Dr Husna Zahry
Dr Husna Zahry is Ustaz Don Daniyal’s wife – the famous religious speaker in Malaysia. As a mother of 3 kids, she had to leave her family behind to be among the frontliners to serve our country. Working until late at night and whenever she attends suspected Covid-19 patients, she has to self-quarantine but it’s a part of her job as a medical doctor and she has no complaint about it. Anything for our country to stop the pandemic.
In her Instagram account, she posted the video showing the situation of the Putrajaya hospital on the first day of Restricted Movement Order was announced.
One for keepsakes. Today was the first day of our Restricted Movement Order; but the umpteenth day of our team’s efforts in combating COVID-19 in Putrajaya.
Help us help you by staying put at home 🌷
3. Dr Fatin Liyana
Dr Fatin Liyana shared how anxious and paranoid she is whenever she attends to patients suspected Covid-19 and going back home to her kid. She shared her routine after finishing examining patient where she’s required to take a shower (plus washing hands multiple times).
Before examining the patient, need to wash your hands. After examining the patient, again wash your hands. If you check 50 patients a day, you have to wash your hands 100 times. If you check the Covid19 PUI, before going back home, you need to take a shower near the clinic. If not, immediately take a shower before hugging the child. Paranoid, anxious, yes and it’s not a joke. The sleepless nights thinking about my kid at home. The fear of being a carrier for my children. May Allah give strength & health to carry out the mandate given. May God protect my children & my family from the outbreak of Covid19
4. Dr Kevin Goh Chun Min
Dr Kevin Goh is a 42-year-old anesthesiologist working in Pantai Hospital Laguna Merbok. As a doctor he may be exposed to sources of infection but, in his case, he could avoid it if the patient that he attended to speak truthfully when the medical staff asked about her medical history. This is the story:
On the 18/3 (Wednesday), I was woken up from my sleep for an emergency Caesarean section. As quickly as I could, I got myself ready and drove as fast as I could to the hospital to attend to the patient. Everything was done for the safety of my patient and baby in my mind. The caesarean was done as per normal and both mother & baby were in good condition. After all the work done in the hospital, I went home to my family as usual. I even went to my parents house for a dinner.
At night at about 11pm, the hospital COO messaged me to inform me that the patient’s parents were both tested COVID19 positive. She lied when she filled up the declaration form during admission. She said she had no contact with anyone who was positive. She decided to disclose the information after she developed fever after the op. How selfish was she? My heart sank after hearing the news. Not because I would be potentially infected but my family would be in danger because of my work. Nothing could be done at 11pm. The whole night was an agony for my wife and me.
5. Dr Amalina Bakri
Dr Amalina Che Bakri, a British-based and Malaysian-born trainee surgeon has been helping Malaysian a lot even though she’s staying far from her hometown. She is constantly sharing tips on how to fight against Covid-19 pandemic via her social media account. According to Dr Amalina, this is a global effort, not just Malaysia and we have to stick together to fight against the virus. Below are some of her tips on how to stay safe during this Covid-19 pandemic.
- Good self-hygiene. Please wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds. Alternatively, you can use alcohol hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol if hand washing is not readily available.
- Do a ‘dab’ and cough/sneeze! Cough and sneeze into your elbow to avoid spreading the droplets to other people.
- Social distancing. Please stay 1 metre away from other people. Please avoid shaking your hands. To those in Malaysia, please follow advice from Ministry of Health about ‘Movement restriction’.
- Please avoid non-essential contact with others, please avoid theatres, pubs, and other social venues and avoid unnecessary travel for 30 days. If you have a new continuous cough or high temperature, please self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptoms started (or 7 days if you live alone). Anyone who lives with someone who has symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.
- Please avoid contacts with elderly people and vulnerable people who are immunosuppressed.
- Please don’t touch your face. Please wear a mask if you are symptomatic. Please don’t stockpile masks as we currently have a global shortage of masks and healthcare professionals need them to treat positive patients.
- Please be sensible and DO NOT do panic buying. Please be considerate of others. Please only buy food supplies that you need and not stockpiling them at home.
- Please DO NOT spread misinformation. Please check the sources before sharing them to your friends and family. DO NOT SHARE IF YOU ARE NOT SURE. Please only read information from credible sources like WHO, Ministry of Health, CDC and trusted doctors.
Let’s help the frontliners by staying at home
We need to understand that the frontliners, our doctors and other medical staff are working round-the-clock to treat those suspected of having the Covid-19. We have heard that doctors in government hospitals are overworked and under greater stress. Let’s not make their work harder by staying at home and follow all the rules announced by our PM. Malaysians, we can do this together!