Friday 4 December, 2020

Health worker’s plea goes viral: We are burnt out

Photo: Health workers from the NCRHA display readiness for COVID-19 in a press release issued by the Authority on March 17, 2020.

Photo: Health workers from the NCRHA display readiness for COVID-19 in a press release issued by the Authority on March 17, 2020.

A social media post from a woman who said she is a health worker has gone viral online as she pleaded with Trinidadians to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The woman, who said she is a frontline worker, pleaded with the public to adhere to health and safety regulations in a social media post on August 22.

She said many health workers are burnt out from the increasing numbers of positive cases:

‘Honestly, I can’t believe what I saw leaving work last night and tonight. People are liming in numbers numbers socializing outside the bars.

‘I am a frontline worker, my colleagues and myself are exhausted. We have been working for you, the people of T&T, continuously since February.’

‘Our systems are becoming overwhelmed, our leave have been resigned since the beginning of this pandemic. We are burnt out!’

‘Our emergency staff are getting ill, nurses, doctors, our escorts. I pledge to you the public my fellow Trinidadians be responsible and help us so that we continue to serve you.’

Her post has since gotten almost 5,000 shares on Facebook.

As of Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10 am, there were 820 active cases of the virus and 118 COVID-19 patients warded at the Caura and Couva Hospitals.

To date, 15 people who tested positive for the virus have died.

The Ministry of Health is urging the public to practice physical distancing, to wear face masks and sanitise all spaces regularly.

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

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