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National Doctors Day has been celebrated, but doctors want the general public to do their part to prevent the virus from spreading and helping to make their lives easier. Some doctors have expressed their opinion
The country celebrated National Physician Day by thanking physicians for all the great work they have done on the front lines. The virus has taken a heavy toll on patients and even those who care for them. The doctors were grateful for all the attention, but they also made it very clear what they would like the general public to do in these strange times to make their lives easier. variants. He said the only way to fight it was with the vaccine. Dr Saviokar said: âThe problem was that in the first wave people were reluctant to take the vaccine and some politicians made statements against the vaccine. This resulted in the dangerous second wave. The vaccine will help even against the variants. More people taking it will make our life easier. Now I believe people are serious and I hope the third wave doesn’t hit us with the same brutality. But I’ll end again by saying that proper covid behavior is important. Dr Lloyd Sousa who practices in Calangute said, I see a lot of people going back to their old ways. I go for a run in the morning and it’s not uncommon to see people having breakfast at roadside stalls. I feel it’s the calm before the storm. There was vaccine hesitation before the second wave. Now people are much more open, but I would like the state to do more and make sure people are vaccinated. One only has to look at the promptness shown by the administration to conduct an election. It must be demonstrated by making sure everyone is vaccinated. It will make our lives better. Cancer specialist Dr Ashay Karpe felt it was important for people to realize that doctors were human beings, not gods. He said, âSay no to violence against doctors. Don’t revere the doctors but respect them. Doctors and healthcare workers are pillars of our healthcare systems â. He went on to say that it would be important for people to maintain social distancing, eat healthy foods, and develop good immunity that would help fight covid as well as cancer. Sagar Utagi, director of Mothercare Hospital, said people should display responsible behavior and ensure hygiene that should be a way of life. He said: âVaccination has been seen as a key to controlling the spread of Covid, so everyone should take it at the earliest. Most importantly, trust your doctor, they keep up to date with the latest techniques through their continuing medical education groups, readings and webinars they attend â. He went on to say that when a Covid patent is isolated, paramedics, nurses and doctors treat it putting their own lives at risk. The general public should remember this. Dr Kedar Padte noted that the infertility specialist said everyone needs to realize that everyone is in the pandemic together and no one can stay away. He said: “The numbers of those infected and those who lost their lives are statistics for some, but for those who have been affected it is 100 percent !. Every treatment he said was an experience and it was important to endure them and treat them with respect. Many of the medical staff had lost their lives and it was important to support their efforts. Dr Abhijit Shanbagh, neonatal pediatrician, VM Salgaocar Hospital at SMRC, Chicalim said neonatal care should be the top priority, especially if the mother had tested positive for COVID. He said their job would become easier if the mother didn’t panic. He said: âMany mothers find it difficult to deal with their emotions and are afraid of passing the virus on to their newborn baby. The truth is, there is nothing to panic about, just take extra precautions while you are with your child. The general tone was that the responsibility rests with the general public to make the life of the medical community safer. One can only hope that this dream comes true.