Spending hours every day in these kits that cause profuse sweating and prevent the wearer from eating or drinking is detrimental to the health of many Covid warriors.
The personal protective equipment (PPE) kits used to protect Mumbai's Covid-19 workers from the virus are also causing damage in other ways. Mirror spoke to several doctors, nurses and ward boys and found that many of them have reported significant weight loss, up to 18kg, from being wrapped in PPE kits for hours.
Although intended for single use, the lack of PPE kits means that most healthcare workers have no choice but to complete a shift in a kit. Often times, nurses and doctors feel choked and dizzy after spending hours in the kit and sometimes need medical help themselves.
t only do the PSA kits cause profuse sweating – one of the reasons for weight loss – they also prevent the wearer from eating or drinking during the shift. Worst of all are those in jumbo centers that are spread over large areas and have no air conditioning on their wards. Each jumbo center has 26 stations, and it takes doctors about five hours – and almost eight kilometers on foot – to do their rounds here. With the heat of October, life doesn't get any easier for these frontline workers anytime soon.
Dr. Muzil Munshi, an intensive care specialist in the intensive care unit at the BKC Jumbo Center, said he has lost 18 kg since joining the center five months ago. He had to buy a whole new pair of pants as his waist size dropped from 40 "to 34". “I sometimes feel weak when my shift lasts up to 10 hours. We are all tired, but we cannot complain because the patient's life is important, ”he said.
For Dr. Munshi and thousands of others like him do things that everyone takes for granted – such as reaching for a glass of water when they're thirsty – out of the question. Dr. Hardik Shah, who was stationed at SevenHills Hospital, said: “Before the pandemic, as a resident doctor at Sion Hospital, I could drink water, eat or just take a break when I was tired. But in this pandemic and thanks to our PPE kits, we don't have that freedom. "Dr. Shah has lost 11 pounds since he was hospitalized on March 16.