The Asha team and Warriors rigorously monitoring Covid positive patients every day. Patients wait anxiously for their arrival. They and their families live in fear of the illness getting severe and they dread needing a hospital bed. The daily news on television is frightening.
The team comforts and consoles them, explains their findings to them, helps them understand the interpretation of their vitals, and the treatment being given. There is so much relief when patients and their families are told that they are getting better. They are always grateful. Some are upset because they don’t want to become victims of stigma and be ostracized by their communities.
Asha has been associated with Discovery Schools Academy Trust since the past 10 years through Asha supporter David Briggs who has been leading this team. This past decade has resulted in various school visits from the UK to Asha, resulting in a wonderful and strong relationship.
In the midst of this second wave, Discovery Schools of Academics Trust have once again lent their support to Asha’s work by completing a 100 lap challenge in their school field throughout the term. BBC Radio Leicester spoke to Dr Kiran, Asha student Tushar and David Briggs regarding this wonderful initiative taken by young school children.
Thank you to the children and teaching staff of Discovery Schools Academics Trust and Asha supporter David Briggs for continuously organising virtual events and fundraisers to support the work of Asha.
Here is a 32 year old male patient who is a known patient of Hypertension for the past one year.
He tested positive for Covid and came to us with difficulty in breathing and uncontrolled hypertension.
We immediately began treatment for Covid, and also corrected his high BP with suitable Anti hypertensives.
The patient is now getting better. Such patients with comorbidities can go downhill rapidly. We would have referred him to a hospital, but again there are no beds. We are watching his vitals and monitoring him very closely.
Today India has seen its highest ever official cases: 400,000 in the past 24 hours.
There is a huge shortage of vaccines. They were to begin for all persons 18 and above, on May 1. However, in spite of patients being registered, the vaccine is not yet easily available.
In such a situation, Asha has been able to obtain special permission to get all Asha Corona Warriors vaccinated as they are frontline health care workers. Many warriors got vaccinated today and will continue next week as well. The Warriors are immensely grateful and relieved.
Here’s an update on my visit to Chanderpuri slum community yesterday.
The Warriors are doing a fabulous job of raising awareness and distributing masks to everyone. The entire community was mostly masked up and were observing Covid protocols that I was pleased to see.
They expressed deep gratitude to me for Asha’s service.
The Team and Warriors are treating all Covid patients, and are monitoring them rigorously everyday.
They are brave, enthusiastic, and filled with positive energy to perform all the tasks before them. They are making sure everyone gets treated, also gets loading doses of Vitamin D3, that all patients with co morbidities are adequately treated, and all malnourished persons are given supplemental nutrition through Asha.