As thousands across the world suffer from the novel coronavirus, encouragement messages for patients and their families are flooding social media. However, let’s not forget about the medical professionals also affected by the virus as they sacrifice their time, energy and selfless work hours on end, often exposing themselves to the deadly virus to treat others.

One such encouragement was posted to a Facebook group in “solidarity with Italy,” showing pictures of doctors and nurses looking exhausted and even bruised from the safety eye masks they wear while on duty.

“Much tiredness, fear and concern in addition to the injuries and heat caused by protective equipment,” the page said.

Solidarity with Italy: Some of Italian nurses & doctors after long hours of work in intensive care units (ICU),…

Gepostet von Woldeab Petros AmadoNa am Samstag, 21. März 2020

In South Africa, Gift of the Givers have launched a Backabuddy page to raise funds for supplies and equipment needed to fight the pandemic in hospitals across the country. All proceeds will be donated to identified areas needing and  health care professionals in need, according to Good Things Guy.

“The aim of the campaign is to support high risk medical professionals in the front line dealing with infected patients and the patients themselves both through protective equipment, ventilators and other essential supplies in the quest to preserve life. Right now there is no emergency but preparing in advance to support overburdened government health facilities is a reasonable approach in the interests of all South Africans. Hence the funds raised will be allocated as mentioned, and if we can escape unscathed, then they will still be directed to upgrading emergency services,” said Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of Gift of the Givers.

Cape Town Etc would like to thank doctors, both locally and internationally, for their work in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

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Article written by

Anita Froneman