Wearing uncomfortable PPE kits, doctors and other healthcare professionals are working for unrealistically long hours amid the rapid second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. A doctor from Gujarat has tweeted about the immense Covid burden that healthcare professionals have been facing since the onset of the pandemic last year.
Dr Sohil Makwana from Gujarat's Ahmedabad, who works at GMERS Medical College at Dharpur, shared two photographs that showed him completely drenched in sweat - in his PPE suit and without it.
One part of the image shows Dr Makwana wearing a PPE kit and in the other he is seen drenched in sweat after removing the protective gear. Despite the odds, he said in the post that he was "proud to serve the nation" in these trying times. In another tweet, he pleaded with all the adults in the country to "go for vaccination".
"It's (the) only solution," he added.
Proud to serve the nation pic.twitter.com/xwyGSax39y— Dr_sohil (@DrSohil) April 28, 2021
Talking on the behalf of all doctors and health workers.. we are really working hard away from our family.. sometimes a foot away from positive patient, sometimes an inch away from critically ill oldies... I request please go for vaccination.. it's only solution ! Stay safe.— Dr_sohil (@DrSohil) April 28, 2021
The doctor also tweeted an image of his parents and said that he had got them inoculated with the second dose of the vaccines, and asked people to ensure that they and their family members, too, get the jabs.
Just inoculated my parents with second dose.. I've protected my parents.. Did u?— Dr_sohil (@DrSohil) April 30, 2021
Go.. Grab a shot for yourself, for your family, and for all of us...!!
Together we can do.. pic.twitter.com/nhfVNarerh
His tweets and messages have received praise on social media. People are saluting the sacrifices that healthcare professionals have been making in the war against the pandemic.
Huge respect!! ????❤— Shivani Chaturvedi (@1026_shivani) April 28, 2021
We haven't seen God but yes doctors too are not less than God!
Doc - we as a nation owe you lots. i don't have words to say or express our gratitude but pray to almighty to keep you all healthy and strong. you inspire like anything. Our nation owes you one for this most extraordinary service to humanity. take utmost care— Rohit khanna (@RohitIndia1107) April 29, 2021
We are proud of you sir. & Indebted to you too. ????????— Lisha/ Check tweets for covid resources (@lisha230792) April 28, 2021
A Twitter user, who identified herself on social media as Dr Shweta Agarwal, said she could absolutely relate to his condition.
I can understand ur condition very well....It's very suffocating...— Dr Shweta Agarwal ???? (@ShwetaAgarval) April 28, 2021
Nobody going thru wat you guys are thru. Hatts off n proud of you all.— Satya। ರೆಬೆಲ್???? (@satya_kg) April 28, 2021
❤️ respect ???? please take care of yourself n all our warriors!
Dr Makwana's photograph has been liked by nearly 1.30 lakh users and retweeted more than 15,000 times.
In the last 24 hours, 3.86 lakh people have tested positive for the coronavirus; a whopping 3,498 people died in a day. The country's healthcare infrastructure is crumbling under the intense pressure exerted by the caseload.
Several countries have promised medical aid for the Covid-ravaged country