Doctors and nurses went to small alleys to distribute medicine for F0 in Phu Nhuan district, Ho Chi Minh City – Photo: DUYEN PHAN
NSAt the beginning of July 2021, I sent my wife off to work on anti-epidemic duties in the isolation area with the hope: soon enough, Ho Chi Minh City will soon be able to stamp out the epidemic and my wife will return like the previous times.
But, 2 months have passed, the disease is still complicated and the fight against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City has not ended as hoped, white shirted soldiers continue to cling to the “frontline”.
My wife is one of the soldiers in white shirt working in the isolation area at Nguyen Thi Dinh High School for Gifted Sports and Sports, Ward 16, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City. The work of the crew does not matter day or night, for every F1 person (later to become F0), they deploy to pick up patients, perform contents related to sampling, disinfection, logistics to serve patients.
Rarely free time, my wife often takes advantage of the time to text or call my father and son. Our conversations are often interrupted by “I’m sick, I have to go get sick” or “I have to go get samples for the patient”…
This is not the first time my wife said goodbye to my father and son on a mission to combat COVID-19. In the first stage, when Vietnam was only sporadic with a few people entering from China, my wife was also one of the medical staff sent by the District 8 Health Center to work in the quarantine area set up by the center. management center.
This first time, each time to track down person “F” was the times when my wife started out in the middle of the night. Each time, the brothers and sisters in the crew go out to take “person F” to the isolation area for isolation, monitoring, taking samples to send for testing…
Although the work is hard, every time I put on a protective suit, I sweat profusely and wet my inner suit, but I don’t mind the fact that some F1 people lack cooperation, make dishonest declarations or others. deliberately evaded, so the tracing work of medical staff encountered many difficulties. At such times, it is necessary to ask the functional forces, especially the police force to assist in zoning and taking appropriate handling measures.
Unlike previous years’ “F” tracing stories, this year’s conversations are more intense and interrupted. This time for my wife is a series of days on duty trying to handle work, to overcome difficulties mixed with sad stories on ambulance transfers, or information from patients’ family members. reported that their relatives are no more…
The stories are still punctuated by stressful situations my wife has to deal with related to her job.
Every story – a feeling
Many people cried when they saw the image of doctors and nurses on duty in the rain, when they took a nap in the corridor or the image of medical staff fainting… while at work. Love the medical staff, whether they are staying on the front lines or doing anti-epidemic duties at the grassroots when they are seriously overloaded. They lack sleep, do not eat enough meals or skip meals because they are too tired to eat.
Through the stories that my wife confided to me, from the day I received the assignment at the isolation area, all the brothers and sisters in the crew have not had a day off. So work hard, try to get the job done. At first, with 12-15 employees (depending on the time due to fluctuations), they monitored and isolated about 300 “F people” (this number often fluctuates due to the reception of more people and the transfer to the next level). online on those who have converted to F0).
After the policy of isolating F1 people at home, this isolation area was expanded to include classrooms and divided into groups according to areas to monitor, care for and give emergency treatment to F0 patients.
The work keeps rolling along, so no one remembers or imagines how many people this place has been, is and will receive. Every day, in addition to expertise, statistics, books, counting blankets, protective gear…, all medical staff here also take care of receiving and distributing food and drinks provided by the facility. transferred by the authorities, as well as sent by family members of the F0. Medical staff at this time are also responsible for porters in the condition of wearing protective gear, carrying their armpits to climb up to the rooms on each floor (because the dormitory here is only built on 1 ground, 4 floors and 1 floor). no elevator).
Heavy work such as collecting garbage into large sacks from the lower floors to handle, or the sisters here have to transport boxes up to tens of kilograms, climb stairs or carry spray cans. drugs… that they still do every day are things that few of us can imagine.
Some sisters seemed to want to collapse from exhaustion, but also encouraged each other to try to overcome because the epidemic in the city was very complicated, there was no force to support.
The conversations, though interrupted, are enough to make the corners of the eyes sting, which are stories about homesickness, missing children, and the plight of colleagues. At the same time, stories about emergency cases, critically ill patients who had to go to the emergency room all night or early morning transfers, unlucky patients who died on the way to hospital, or died after being transferred. The above was reported by their family members… but their hearts were heavy.
To complete the task in stressful and dangerous conditions and environment with prolonged time, high intensity and having to deal with a lot of non-professional content that is heavy… requires a lot of effort. large contingent of soldiers in white shirts.
Right now, they just want to get rid of the sick people, to return to their families and have a normal life. Much love to the soldiers in white shirt, the people should try to keep their health and help themselves, their families and society.
Encourage each other to overcome difficulties
In addition to professional knowledge, the “baggage” that medical officers and staff bring to work is 2 vaccines that have been injected into each person’s body. But that does not mean they are safe because the strains of COVID-19 have very complicated changes. When some colleagues in the crew are positive and the rest are F1, anxiety and even panic appear in them. In that condition, medical staff with F0 are isolated, while F1 people still encourage each other to continue working and overcome difficulties to complete their tasks.