Inside Covid wards, yoga, ludo keep patients in good spirits in Punjab

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  • Date15 June 2020

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14

The major challenge for hospital authorities while dealing with Covid patients is to keep their morale high during their quarantine period. Instead of presenting a picture of fear and anxiety, hospitals are trying hard to make things look lively and cheerful. Regular counselling sessions are a part of the quarantine period of patients.

The Mother and Child Hospital near Vardhman Mills has started a daily yoga session for patients in the evening and soon, it will be organising mind games for them.

“Every day before the evening tea, I take a one-hour yoga session of patients. The aim is to keep them calm. In addition to this, I am also planning to start other activities,” said Dr Amita Jain, senior medical officer at the hospital.

She said many patients wanted to play games like chess and ludo, so she was making arrangements for tables so that they could maintain social distancing while playing,” Dr Jain said.

The hospital also organises musical programmes for patients in the Covid ward. Some patients are also busy with their office work while others are hooked to their phones. “I regularly counsel the patients to keep them in good spirits,” Dr Jain said.

Recently, the hospital celebrated the birthday of staff nurse Rubina, who is on duty in the Covid ward ever since the outbreak of the virus and has not gone home. Her 10-month-old baby is being kept away from her. “We arranged a cake and the entire ward participated in the celebrations and wished her. Such occasions make the patient-and-nurse bond stronger,” the doctor said. On the other hand, the Civil Hospital, Khanna, where 16 patients are admitted, allows positive patients from the same family to stay together in a ward.

“Ideally, there are separate male and female wards but we are allowing patients from the same family to stay together. This way, they do not feel alone. We have six patients from the same family and they are living together in one ward,” Dr Rajinder Gulati, senior medical officer at the hospital, said. In addition to this, two hours are reserved for a musical session where religious songs are played, he added.

Simranjeet Kaur, a patient at the Mother and Child Hospital, said, “Seven from my family have tested positive. It sometimes becomes depressing as I can’t do my normal chores but then Dr Jain comes and lifts by spirits. Yoga is also helping us out as it keeps us engaged,” she said.

Another patient Gagandeep Singh is admitted in the same hospital and said he was satisfied with the arrangements and the lively nature of the staff was helping him stay enthusiastic.