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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 123-124

Frontline health workers: The warriors of the COVID-19 pandemic


1 Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry-A Centre of Excellence, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry-A Centre of Excellence, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission10-Jul-2020
Date of Decision10-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance13-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication31-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anwesha Mondal
Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry-A Centre of Excellence, Kolkata - 700 025, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_201_20

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Mondal A, Kumar M. Frontline health workers: The warriors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2021;37:123-4

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Mondal A, Kumar M. Frontline health workers: The warriors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Soc Psychiatry [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jun 19];37:123-4. Available from: https://www.indjsp.org/text.asp?2021/37/1/123/312867



Dear Editor,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious virus which is mainly transmitted through droplets, generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales, and one can be infected by breathing in the virus if one is within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19 or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose, or mouth. On January 31, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.[1]

Frontline health workers are the backbone of effective health systems and they play a critical role in providing health solutions. Without frontline health workers, there would be no health services for millions of children and their families in every country as they are considered to be the first link in providing health care and many life-saving treatment facilities for millions of people. Frontline workers have been proven time and again as the central pillars of health, and there is abundant evidence that well-supported frontline health workers bring about essential improvements in health conditions especially during pandemics in countries, like the current COVID-19 situation.[2]

It is not only the doctors and nurses who are serving the infected patients but a lot of other medical staff also such as intensive care unit and coronary care unit technicians and scavengers are working together as a team. As the death toll continues to rise, frontline health workers face a dire risk of contracting the virus. Health-care professionals have been reported to be struggling with different issues such as continuous workload, extended shifts of work, overworked, burnout, threat of being evicted from their homes for fear of community spread, amidst the most fearful threat of getting infected while on their jobs. Reports have also been found about the incidents of violence on health-care workers in terms of response to testing, resistance behavior toward maintaining guidelines, and grief over loss of family members.[3]

Health workers especially doctors and nurses are always committed and render selfless service to the treatment of their patients, but during a pandemic like COVID-19, it is also been hard for them to fight a prolonged battle against a deadly, highly contagious illness with no known cure. Health workers providing their service to patients suffering from COVID-19 are making each person of this country to feel and understand their dedication toward their profession, determined to push through and help patients. They are the warriors who are fighting this disease on the frontlines and are putting their lives at risk along with staying away from their loved ones for long periods of time to keep others safe including their family members and continue with providing their selfless services. They showcase their services and duty for the country, to protect people, and that is why it is said that health workers are there in a position to make a difference.

The COVID-19 pandemic has re-established the role of health workers, especially frontline health workers to our society. In these grim times, when the pandemic has pushed millions of people across the world into hospitals, frontline health workers have tougher tasks at hand and have displayed tremendous strength, commitment, and compassion in these uncertain times.

Health workers are the most valuable resource of our society, not only during an outbreak but also in our day-to-day life because of their bravery and skill needed to save lives. The services provided by doctors and health workers all over the world during this pandemic reflect their selfless and responsible attitude toward their profession and the community, and these unsung heroes fighting the battle against coronavirus on the frontline deserve our unending respect and gratitude.

Let us all stay safe, take care of each other, also for the frontline health workers, and honor their duty – we have a long road ahead.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
  References Top

1.
World Health Organization. Coronavirus Disease (COVID– 19) Pandemic. Geneva; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-statement-on-ihr-emergency-committee -on-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov). [Last accessed on 2020 May 18].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Outbreak: rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers, Including Key Considerations for Occupational Safety and Health. 2020. Geneva; World Health Organization. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/coronavirus-disease-(covid-19)-outbreak-rights-roles-and-responsibilities-of-health-workers-including-key-considerations-for-occupational-safety-and-health. [Last accessed on 2020 Aug 10].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Attacks on Health Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020. Available from: http://reliefweb.int. [Last accessed on 2020 Aug 10].  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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