International Nurses Day 2021: 52-year-old COVID Warrior Maria Feels Blessed Being On The Frontlines | India’s Coronavirus Warriors

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International Nurses Day 2021: Maria Rodrigues, an Infection Control Nurse, trains medical professionals on infection prevention protocols

Highlights
  • As Infection Control Nurse, Ms Rodrigues’ work to tackle COVID began in Jan
  • Family’s support and spirituality helps me work on frontlines: Ms Rodrigues
  • Ms Rodrigues urges people to follow COVID precautions & eat a healthy diet

New Delhi: “The COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020 but our fight against the novel coronavirus began in January itself, right after the outbreak was reported in China’s Wuhan. As an infection control nurse, I and my team had to gear up for training sessions for all the employees of Jaslok. We had to learn the COVID protocols and keep ourselves updated with the latest guidelines so that we can educate our colleagues about the same”, said Maria Rodrigues. 52-year-old Ms Rodrigues is an Infection Control Nurse at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai and has been in this profession for 28 years but this is the first time she has seen an outbreak of such intensity. On the occasion of International Nurses Day 2021, Ms Rodrigues spoke to NDTV at length about her role in the COVID-19 pandemic and what is it to be at the frontline.

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Though the preparations to deal with SARS-CoV-2 began in January 2020, as per Ms Rodrigues, the real challenge came up when Jaslok Hospital opened up the entire floor to COVID-19 patients and the hospital started reporting an increase in the inflow of patients.

International Nurses Day 2021: 52-year-old COVID Warrior Maria Feels Blessed Being On The Frontlines
Maria Rodrigues, Infection Control Nurse

Our job involves educating medical and public health professionals on infection prevention protocols to facilitate emergency preparedness. But our job doesn’t end there. We had to work round the clock to ensure COVID protocols are followed at all levels. If there is any discrepancy, we report it and take measures to correct it. We also check on patients and do audits, she said.

As the pandemic progressed, Ms Rodrigues’ role evolved and she and her team were given more duties like assisting in the process of RT-PCR testing including sample collection and vaccinating healthcare workers and other beneficiaries. Throughout, one of the biggest challenges Ms Rodrigues faced was the burden of personal protective equipment (PPE), especially N-95 mask.

In this humid weather, we literally get drenched in sweat after wearing PPE. Also, PPE puts you down a bit; working without any PPE was different and faster. But then you have no other choice. You need to protect yourself, your family and whoever you come in contact with. The silver lining is that we, infection control nurses, don’t work in COVID wards all day. We take rounds and come back within three to four hours, said Ms Rodrigues.

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She also informed that healthcare workers have to wear different levels of PPE in different zones. Like in non-COVID zones, level 2 PPE needs to be worn. This includes gown, head cover, N-95 mask, and goggles. Whereas, in COVID zones, level 3 PPE is used which includes gloves, laboratory coats, gowns, goggles, glasses with side shields, shoe covers, face shields and masks.

In level 3, there is a sequence to be followed while wearing and taking off PPE. In medical language, it is called donning and doffing off PPE. It’s crucial to take off the PPE in an appropriate manner because the majority of infections happen during doffing off PPE, said Ms Rodrigues.

Family And Spirituality: The Two Pillars Of Sister Maria Rodrigues

Ms Rodrigues lives with her husband, 90-year-old mother-in-law, 25-year-old son and a brother-in-law and together they are fighting the pandemic, said the COVID warrior. When Ms Rodrigues had to lay off the house help due to COVID restrictions, everyone in the family stepped up and shared the load of the household work. The family was never scared of Ms Rodrigues going to work during COVID-19 or coming back home after being on COVID duty. In fact, they never stopped her from performing her job.

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When neighbours were against me going to work because of the high risk of infection, it was my mother-in-law, a nurse herself, who stood by my side and questioned those neighbours and asked, ‘If not healthcare workers then who?’ When I come back home, my husband keeps the shower room and food ready for me. My family has been my biggest support system throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, we are very well taken care of by our hospital; we get proper off days, high-quality PPE and masks and good food, said Ms Rodrigues.

The COVID warrior says that it’s her god and spirituality that motivate her to continue working and not fear COVID-19. She starts and ends her day by worshipping and reading scriptures. What adds to this are the blessings she receives from patients and their families.

We really are blessed to be in this profession, she said.

Follow COVID Precautions And Fight The Second Wave: COVID Warrior

I have seen the SARS outbreak, swine flu, and bird flu but even then we could accommodate patients on one floor. People need to understand the severity of the COVID-19. In the second wave of the pandemic, mortality and severity is same but we are seeing more people requiring oxygen support, said Ms Rodrigues.

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To overcome the second wave of coronavirus, Ms Rodrigues urged everyone to follow all COVID precautions that are handwashing, wearing a double face mask, practising social distancing. Along with this, she suggested taking more liquids and a healthy diet.

Housekeeping staff and nurses ask ‘when will this end’ but we too don’t have an answer to this question. I ask them to pray and keep everyone in their prayers. I would request everyone to avoid going out until it’s really needed. Healthcare workers are already struggling and they are trying to help you out. There is also a limit to everything so please stay indoors and safe. Also, don’t be scared, be cautious. Fear is the worst enemy of a human being, said Ms Rodrigues.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

15,96,85,581Cases

6,06,23,978Active

9,57,44,478Recovered

33,17,125Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 15,96,85,581 and 33,17,125 have died; 6,06,23,978 are active cases and 9,57,44,478 have recovered as on May 12, 2021 at 4:01 am.

India

2,33,40,938 348421Cases

37,04,099 -11122Active

1,93,82,642 355338Recovered

2,54,197 4205Deaths

In India, there are 2,33,40,938 confirmed cases including 2,54,197 deaths. The number of active cases is 37,04,099 and 1,93,82,642 have recovered as on May 12, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai45,478

Thane13,660

Pune9,920

Mumbai Suburban5,363

Aurangabad1,974

Nashik1,575

Raigad1,462

Palghar1,421

Solapur1,291

Jalgaon1,039

Akola757

Nagpur692

Kolhapur646

Satara629

Ratnagiri350

Amravati291

Dhule228

Hingoli208

Jalna201

Ahmednagar190

Nanded176

Yavatmal150

Sangli145

Latur139

Osmanabad125

Sindhudurg114

Buldhana88

Parbhani78

gondia69

Beed54

Nandurbar42

Gadchiroli42

Bhandara41

Chandrapur32

Washim13

Wardha11

51,79,929 40,956

5,61,347 31,803

45,41,391 71,966

77,191 793

DistrictCases

Udupi1,176

Kalaburagi669

Yadgir538

Bengaluru Urban529

Raichur369

Mandya346

Belagavi337

Bidar219

Hassan205

Davangere204

Vijayapura201

Dakshina Kannada179

Chikkaballapura149

Mysuru107

Bagalkote103

Uttara Kannada95

Shivamogga67

Dharwad61

Ballari60

Gadag45

Bengaluru Rural40

Tumakuru36

Kolar29

Haveri24

Chikkamagaluru19

Chitradurga14

Koppal5

Kodagu4

Ramanagara3

Chamarajanagara0

20,13,193 39,510

5,87,472 16,446

14,05,869 22,584

19,852 480

DistrictCases

Kannur357

Kasaragod333

Palakkad224

Malappuram119

Kollam118

Thrissur106

Thiruvananthapuram104

Pathanamthitta98

Kozhikode90

Alappuzha76

Kottayam73

Ernakulam60

Idukki40

Wayanad36

19,67,405 37,290

4,24,309 4,233

15,37,138 32,978

5,958 79

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119

Agra933

Ghaziabad794

Meerut504

Lucknow386

Saharanpur298

Kanpur Nagar286

Moradabad252

Varanasi243

Hapur225

Aligarh215

Basti214

Amethi206

Rampur203

Jaunpur194

Firozabad190

Barabanki168

Gorakhpur166

Bulandshahr166

Siddharth Nagar159

Ghazipur159

Bijnor157

Deoria143

Azamgarh138

Sant Kabeer Nagar132

Mathura129

Ayodhya120

Muzaffarnagar117

Sambhal116

Sultanpur97

Ambedkar Nagar92

Maharajganj85

Amroha80

Rae Bareli78

Bahraich73

Kheri72

Kannauj69

Baghpat68

Kushi Nagar67

Bhadohi60

Ballia60

Gonda59

Etah52

Hardoi49

Balrampur49

Mau48

Mainpuri46

Etawah46

Hathras43

Unnao42

Jalaun41

Jhansi41

Shamli40

Chandauli38

Auraiya37

Farrukhabad36

Sitapur32

Prayagraj30

Banda27

Shahjahanpur25

Shravasti23

Budaun23

Mirzapur22

Bareilly17

Kasganj16

Pratapgarh15

Pilibhit15

Sonbhadra10

Kaushambi6

Kanpur Dehat4

Chitrakoot4

Lalitpur3

Hamirpur3

Mahoba3

Fatehpur3

15,45,212 20,445

2,16,057 9,214

13,13,112 29,358

16,043 301

DistrictCases

Chennai23,324

Chengalpattu1,314

Thiruvallur774

Villupuram509

Kanchipuram503

Tiruvannamalai496

Cuddalore477

Ariyalur444

Tirunelveli433

Tuticorin333

Kallakurichi324

Madurai322

Salem258

Coimbatore188

Virudhunagar185

Dindigul175

Perambalur133

Ranipet133

Thanjavur130

Theni129

Tiruchirappalli119

Ramanathapuram119

Tiruppur116

Kanniyakumari110

Tenkasi103

Nagapattinam99

Karur88

Namakkal83

Erode75

Vellore71

Thiruvarur67

Pudukkottai53

Sivaganga46

Tirupathur45

Krishnagiri43

The Nilgiris17

Dharmapuri15

14,38,509 29,272

1,62,181 9,792

12,60,150 19,182

16,178 298

DistrictCases

North West5,463

Central4,817

West4,768

New Delhi3,405

North3,059

East2,472

South East2,446

South West2,391

South2,329

North East1,914

Shahdara1,580

13,48,699 12,481

83,809 1,449

12,44,880 13,583

20,010 347

DistrictCases

Kurnool795

Krishna557

Guntur511

Anantapur428

East Godavari356

Chittoor319

Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296

Y.S.R.205

West Godavari199

Srikakulam183

Prakasam104

Visakhapatnam103

Vizianagaram23

13,22,934 20,345

1,95,102 5,735

11,18,933 14,502

8,899 108

DistrictCases

Kolkata2,777

Howrah1,435

24 Paraganas North1,031

Hooghly604

24 Paraganas South281

Maldah235

Dinajpur Uttar216

Coochbehar210

Birbhum206

Medinipur West159

Medinipur East153

Nadia139

Purba Bardhaman130

Murshidabad125

Bankura116

Darjeeling97

Jalpaiguri88

Paschim Bardhaman70

Purulia66

Dinajpur Dakshin50

Alipurduar39

Kalimpong18

Jhargram9

10,32,740 20,136

1,27,673 1,010

8,92,474 18,994

12,593 132

DistrictCases

Bilaspur100

Korba100

Mungeli87

Baloda Bazar85

Jashpur77

Janjgir-Champa56

Mahasamund54

Rajnandgaon52

Kabirdham52

Raigarh47

Raipur46

Balod41

Korea39

Durg31

Bemetara21

Kanker19

Balrampur17

Surguja14

Gariyaband10

Surajpur9

Dhamtari6

Bijapur2

Bastar2

Dantewada0

Kondagaon0

Narayanpur0

Sukma0

8,73,060 9,717

1,21,836 3,268

7,40,283 12,786

10,941 199

DistrictCases

Jaipur2,177

Jodhpur1,748

Udaipur724

Bharatpur563

Kota503

Nagaur500

Ajmer379

Dungarpur374

Pali352

Jhalawar329

Bhilwara250

Sikar231

Chittorgarh188

Tonk171

Jalore164

Rajsamand140

Sirohi130

Bikaner112

Banswara91

Alwar90

Churu81

Jhunjhunu64

Dausa61

Dholpur60

Baran59

Jaisalmer53

Barmer34

Hanumangarh31

SawaiMadhopur26

Karauli17

Pratapgarh14

Ganganagar8

Bundi5

7,89,274 16,080

2,05,730 2,713

5,77,550 13,198

5,994 169

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad17,125

Surat2,311

Vadodara1,555

Gandhinagar410

Mahesana159

Banas Kantha147

Bhavnagar146

Rajkot135

Arvalli134

Mahisagar125

Anand107

PanchMahals107

Patan105

SabarKantha101

Kachchh99

Kheda98

Jamnagar63

Bharuch56

Botad55

Surendranagar55

Valsad47

GirSomnath45

Dohad43

Chhotaudepur37

Naysari35

Junagadh31

Narmada25

DevbhumiDwarka22

Amreli16

Porbandar11

Tapi6

Dang5

Morbi4

7,03,594 10,990

1,31,832 4,326

5,63,133 15,198

8,629 118

DistrictCases

Indore3,839

Bhopal1,880

Ujjain799

Burhanpur351

Neemuch319

Jabalpur276

East Nimar266

Sagar228

Gwalior211

Khargone196

Dewas140

Dhar132

Mandsaur112

Morena109

Bhind87

Raisen71

Barwani60

Ratlam51

Rewa39

Shajapur39

Hoshangabad37

Vidisha37

Chhatarpur35

Betul35

Rajgarh31

Dindori29

Sheopur26

Damoh26

Satna24

Anuppur22

Panna20

Tikamgarh18

Sidhi17

Narsinghpur17

Chhindwara16

Agar Malwa15

Mandla15

Shivpuri15

Jhabua14

Shandol14

Singrauli13

Ashoknagar13

Datia12

Sehore12

Umaria10

Balaghat9

Guna8

Harda4

Alirajpur3

Katni3

Seoni2

Niwari0

6,91,232 9,754

1,11,366 143

5,73,271 9,517

6,595 94

DistrictCases

Gurugram2,950

Faridabad867

Sonipat404

Rohtak145

Palwal120

Jhajjar114

Karnal104

Hisar98

Ambala93

Panipat78

Nuh68

Bhiwani60

Rewari56

Kurukshetra55

Sirsa50

Kaithal48

Mahendragarh47

CharkiDadri43

Panchkula39

Fatehabad38

Jind38

Yamunanagar19

6,40,252 11,637

1,08,997 4,235

5,25,345 15,728

5,910 144

DistrictCases

Patna279

Bhagalpur266

Rohtas256

Khagaria253

Begusarai243

Madhubani199

Munger188

Jehanabad178

Katihar175

Darbhanga143

Samastipur139

Siwan139

PurbiChamparan138

Purnia135

Banka134

Buxar134

Nalanda123

Gopalganj123

Nawada122

Sheikhpura118

Gaya115

Kaimur (bhabua)105

Bhojpur103

Saran101

Muzaffarpur96

Saharsa88

Supaul87

Vaishali87

Madhepura82

Kishanganj75

Aurangabad75

Sitamarhi73

Lakhisarai72

Araria68

Pashchim Champaran57

Arwal52

Jamui47

Sheohar20

6,12,570 10,920

1,02,100 3,004

5,07,041 13,852

3,429 72

DistrictCases

Ganjam581

Jajapur322

Khordha238

Baleshwar190

Kendrapara164

Cuttack155

Bhadrak137

Balangir129

Puri103

Sundargarh102

Jagatsinghapur91

Nayagarh86

Mayurbhanj73

Nuapada69

Gajapati61

Dhenkanal36

Boudh34

Kendujhar34

Deogarh33

Kalahandi33

Sonepur29

Kandhamal28

Anugul26

Malkangiri20

Bargarh16

Koraput16

Sambalpur16

Jharsuguda8

Nabarangpur2

Rayagada2

5,54,666 9,793

87,318 2,211

4,65,133 7,564

2,215 18

DistrictCases

Hyderabad2,475

Ranga Reddy183

Suryapet87

Jagitial77

Nizamabad76

MedchalMalkajgiri75

Mancherial43

YadadriBhuvanagiri40

Jogulamba Gadwal40

Vikarabad40

Nalgonda33

Warangal Urban32

Mahabubnagar30

Sangareddy26

Khammam26

Adilabad22

Nirmal21

Karimnagar17

RajannaSircilla16

Medak11

Kamareddy11

Mahabubabad10

Jayashankar Bhupalapally9

Nagarkurnool8

Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8

Jangoan8

Siddipet7

Peddapalli5

Bhadradri Kothagudem5

Warangal Rural4

Mulugu3

Narayanpet3

Wanaparthy1

5,06,988 4,801

60,136 2,661

4,44,049 7,430

2,803 32

DistrictCases

Amritsar485

Jalandhar297

Ludhiana293

Tarn Taran163

Gurdaspur154

Hoshiarpur140

S.A.S Nagar137

Patiala132

Sangrur107

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99

Pathankot86

Rupnagar (Ropar)74

Faridkot74

Sri Muktsar Sahib71

Moga65

Bathinda60

Fatehgarh Sahib57

Fazilka53

Firozepur50

Kapurthala44

Mansa31

Barnala25

4,59,268 8,594

76,856 1,056

3,71,494 7,324

10,918 214

DistrictCases

Kamrup Metro276

Golaghat203

Nagaon143

Hojai89

Dima Hasao86

Karimganj85

Tinsukia84

Cachar80

Dibrugarh61

Hailakandi57

Lakhimpur57

Marigaon50

Dhemaji47

Kamrup42

Kokrajhar37

Dhubri30

Charaideo29

Barpeta28

Udalguri28

Sonitpur27

Jorhat24

Nalbari23

Darrang20

Sivasagar20

Goalpara19

Biswanath16

Baksa14

KarbiAnglong13

Bongaigaon12

Chirang6

West KarbiAnglong5

South SalmaraMancachar4

Majuli2

3,04,429 6,258

40,611 1,764

2,61,980 4,409

1,838 85

DistrictCases

East Singhbum170

Ranchi148

Hazaribagh110

Garhwa80

Ramgarh75

Koderma58

Simdega48

Dhanbad32

Gumla28

Palamu27

West Singhbhum21

SaraikelaKharsawan20

Giridih19

Bokaro16

Latehar14

Khunti10

Lohardaga8

Deoghar5

Dumka5

Pakur4

Jamtara2

Godda2

Chatra1

Sahebganj0

2,96,895 4,365

54,533 3,369

2,38,277 7,631

4,085 103

DistrictCases

Dehradun370

Nainital323

Tehri Garhwal110

Haridwar94

Udam Singh Nagar83

Almora71

Champawat45

Pithoragarh43

Chamoli36

PauriGarhwal36

Bageshwar31

Rudraprayag30

Uttar Kashi24

2,56,934 7,120

76,500 2,020

1,76,420 4,982

4,014 118

DistrictCases

Anantnag395

Srinagar300

Kulgam295

Baramulla271

Shopian255

Kupwara231

Bandipora175

Udhampur155

Ramban151

Jammu138

Budgam110

Pulwama108

Kathua53

Rajouri39

Ganderbal37

Poonch35

Doda27

Reasi26

Samba25

Kishtwar10

Mirpur0

Muzaffarabad0

2,24,898 4,352

50,701 750

1,71,350 3,537

2,847 65

DistrictCases

Hamirpur117

Kangra105

Una41

Solan32

Chamba29

Bilaspur21

Mandi21

Sirmaur11

Shimla10

Kullu4

Kinnaur2

Lahaul And Spiti0

1,40,759 4,977

36,232 1,815

1,02,525 3,098

2,002 64

DistrictCases

South Goa69

North Goa57

1,24,774 3,124

32,836 574

90,134 2,475

1,804 75

DistrictCases

Pondicherry111

Mahe4

Karaikal2

Yanam0

75,024 2,049

14,829 660

59,177 1,359

1,018 30

DistrictCases

Chandigarh313

51,857 787

8,625 28

42,647 805

585 10

DistrictCases

Dhalai196

Sepahijala174

Gomati74

South Tripura53

Unakoti49

West Tripura45

Khowai24

North Tripura14

38,574 416

3,333 270

34,819 137

422 9

DistrictCases

Churachandpur32

Kangpokpi26

Imphal West21

Thoubal18

Imphal East10

Tengnoupal9

Bishnupur7

Senapati6

Chandel5

Kamjong5

Ukhrul4

Jiribam3

Pherzawl3

Kakching2

Tamenglong2

Noney1

36,370 592

4,981 377

30,880 195

509 20

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills22

West Garo Hills5

South West Garo Hills4

North Garo Hills1

West Jaintia Hills1

West Khasi Hills1

East Garo Hills0

East Jaintia Hills0

Ribhoi0

South Garo Hills0

South West Khasi Hills0

20,579 450

3,297 235

17,040 206

242 9

DistrictCases

Changlang31

Papum Pare8

Lohit3

Namsai2

West Siang1

East Siang1

Upper Siang1

Tawang1

PakkeKessang1

West Kameng0

Upper Subansiri0

Tirap0

Siang0

Shi Yomi0

Anjaw0

Lower Subansiri0

Lower Dibang Valley0

Longding0

Leparada0

KurungKumey0

KraDaadi0

Kamle0

East Kameng0

Dibang Valley0

Lower Siang0

20,575 205

1,924 31

18,583 232

68 4

DistrictCases

Dimapur20

Mon8

Kohima7

Kiphire3

Tuensang3

Peren2

Phek1

Longleng0

Mokokchung0

Wokha0

Zunheboto0

16,552 269

3,081 197

13,315 66

156 6

DistrictCases

Kargil77

LehLadakh43

15,564 135

1,452 5

13,955 130

157

DistrictCases

East District3

South District3

North District0

West District0

10,165 241

2,739 199

7,249 34

177 8

DistrictCases

Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

9,021 93

1,103 99

7,914 192

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DistrictCases

Kolasib11

Aizawl10

Mamit8

Lawngtlai2

Lunglei2

Saitual1

Champhai0

Hnahthial0

Khawzawl0

Saiha0

Serchhip0

8,035 239

2,010 156

6,002 82

23 1

DistrictCases

South Andamans33

Nicobars1

North And Middle Andaman1

6,426 28

199 4

6,149 24

78

DistrictCases

Lakshadweep District0

3,982

992 0

2,980

10





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