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Survivors’ network to address Covid worries

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Has someone in your family developed symptoms of Covid-19 and you do not know what to do? Has someone in the house tested positive and you can’t decide whether to keep the person in home isolation or go for hospital admission?

Covid issues like these that make you worry will soon be addressed by a group of individuals under an initiative called Covid Care Network (CCN). Doctors, who have survived Covid, family members of survivors and other healthcare workers and social activists are part of it.

“When my 74-year-old maternal uncle with a co-morbid condition was infected, we went through an endless ordeal. And his family was in a denial mode fearing stigma in their locality at Entally. With suggestions and help from model Madhabilata Mitra, who had also struggled when her mother was infected, my uncle got admitted to ID Hospital Beliaghata and is now back home cured,” said mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta, who is part of the network. Mitra is also a member of CCN.

To be launched on July 1 on Doctors’ Day, CCN’s mission is to improve access to healthcare, provide psycho-social support to the Covid-infected and their family through collective and coordinated actions by Covid winners and associates.

“When I got infected I was anxious and saw the same kind of fear among the Covid-infected during my hospitalisation. We need to address such fears,” said Arijit Ghosh of CCN. The doctor later donated his plasma for the clinical trial.

The organisation will try to reach out to people through dashboards, portals and helpline numbers 24X7, where experts and volunteers will provide guidance, counselling on social and medical issues. Violinist Pallab Banerjee, a Covid winner, has composed a theme song that callers will get to hear when they dial the helpline.

“Attempts will be made to reach out to people on home isolation and also the aged with co-morbid conditions. We will try to rope in local clubs, medical students, house staff doctors and nurses too,” said hepatologist Abhijit Chowdhury of SSKM.

Apart from Mitra, Siddhanta, Ghosh and Chowdhury, others in the initial team are infectious diseases specialist Yogiraj Ray, surgical oncologist Diptendra Sarkar of SSKM, neurologists Bimal Kanti Roy and Alok Pandit of Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, public health activist Parthasarathi Mukherjee and actor Debshankar Haldar.

 

Source:Times of India

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