NHS Heroes within the Dawoodi Bohra Community
Over the course of the last year, through three national lockdowns and countless hospitalisations, and with a population that grew scared of the simple act of human touch, the NHS staff have become a guiding light. These heroes have shed blood, sweat and tears for each patient, demonstrating a passion for their work, and willingness to risk their own lives and wellbeing for the safety of others and this country.
Words are not enough to express the gratitude that we all feel for their work. Here, we highlight a few of the NHS staff from the Dawoodi Bohra community who have been tirelessly working on the frontline throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member has shared a significant challenge and some practical advice to the general public – in the hope that those reading this will have a glimpse of what the pandemic has been like for medical staff across the world.
“The biggest challenge for me was updating the families of the diseased and deceased on the phone – this took a heavy toll on our mental health.”
Dr Lubaina Bahar
“COVID-19 has caused disruption to the normal training schedule of junior doctors. There has been a mass redeployment of junior doctors to COVID wards to help tackle the pressures caused by the virus.”
Dr Hatim Cochin
“The most challenging part I found was always thinking about the risk of transmitting the virus not only to myself and patients but to my family back home. Despite all the challenges, I always felt my faith was protecting me.”
“My experience as a Midwife during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging and humbling. The most challenging aspect was when partners were not allowed to come into hospital when women were in labour – many partners missed seeing their babies being born. “
“Have faith. COVID is a condition that has changed our lives forever in many ways – good and bad. It’s up to us which one we want to focus on and carry with us to the future, the good parts or the bad! I choose to carry the good and important bits – family, friends, faith, kindness, love, compassion and gratitude.”
Dr Rashida Damanwala
” For all those parents, guardians, children and young individuals, speak to each other; sharing your burdens will make them easier to carry.”
Dr Husain Shakir