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Kolkata: Birthday parties & music cheer up patients in hospital isolation

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It’s probably been never so gloomy inside hospitals with doctors and nurses battling the pandemic and Covid-19 suspects under treatment living in fear and isolation. To add a bit of cheer to their lives, several private hospitals have been hosting birthday parties, music sessions and encouraging for suspects in isolation to watch movies and read books to keep away the viral blues

They are, however, strictly barred from watching the news on TV as it may lead to nervous tension and a breakdown, said doctors.

Last week, a team of 14 doctors, nurses and healthcare workers at Fortis Hospital, got together to celebrate the birthday of a patient, who had been admitted with severe respiratory distress and was a strong Covid-19 suspect. Cut off from his family for several days, the middle-aged man had been depressed. The ICU staff sprung a surprise by singing a birthday song for him, standing around his bed. They even cut a cake for him. The overwhelmed patient had an even better gift waiting for him that night — his swab test report turned out to be negative.

“It couldn’t have been better. Covid-19 suspects are going through a tough time not just because they are ill but also due to the isolation. And for many, the quarantine has not ended despite being tested negative. Those suffering from pneumonia need to continue their stay in isolation for a longer period, which is stressing them out. They feel lonely,” said Fortis Hospital pulmonologist Raja Dhar.

In a social media post, Dhar wrote: “Life is full of firsts. Never thought would get to sing a happy birthday song in an isolation room for a patient with suspicion of Covid-19.”

At AMRI Hospital, soothing music will be introduced at the isolation wards. “We are planning to provide them books, but we are discouraging them from watching TV,” said an AMRI representative.

“Other than the fear of testing positive, Covid-19 suspects are also having to deal with the pangs of separation from family, which could be extremely taxing now,” said RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) consultant Arindam Biswas.

Most private hospitals have restricted their visiting timing to just one hour in the evening and no one is allowed in the isolation ward.

Even though Covid-19 patients and suspects are going through severe stress, many are actually handling it well, said Apollo Gleneagles consultant Shyamashish Bandopadhyay.


Source: Times of India

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