Hyderabad: Panic and you lose. Stay positive and you win. That is what persons who have returned to their normal lives after defeating Covid-19 say. Without trembling in fear, they took the virus head on, battled it, and won.
The news of testing positive did unnerve them. They were positive not just for the virus, but in approach as well, deciding to marshal all their mental strength to fight the battle. From there, patience, grit and strict adherence to prescribed medical and health regime aided them in wriggling out of the clutches of the deadly virus.
Their battle with Covid-19 also had the unflinching support of doctors, nurses and paramedics. As they return to their normal life after the encounter with the virus that is still raging on across the globe, they are running short of words to express their gratitude to the health teams at the hospitals and the State government for ensuring the right care for them.
Having seen themselves through probably the toughest health crisis they have faced, they are now in the process of passing on the courage to others. Here are the stories of some of the warriors who have overcome the coronavirus.
I returned from Delhi after attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation on March 18, and was admitted to Gandhi Hospital after testing positive. I decided to stay brave and not panic. For 32 days, the doctors and staff at Gandhi Hospital took complete care of me and I can’t thank them enough.
Apart from treatment and care, I was provided with a healthy diet every day. Apart from regular food, I was also given boiled eggs, bananas, badam, khajur and fruit juices. On recovery, they sent me home in a 108 vehicle.
There is no need to be scared of the coronavirus. Just following the guidelines advised by the doctors and good diet will help in fighting it out.
— Mohd Abdul Bari, Nereducharla mandal, Suryapet.
My family returned to our hometown from Mumbai and five of us were tested Covid positive. All of us were shifted in an ambulance and given the best care possible. We were kept in a special ward and were provided with good food that included boiled eggs and leafy vegetables. Every day, the doctors would come and check us and encourage us saying we are on the recovery path. We should salute the government hospital staff for the kind of care they gave. That is not possible in any private hospital. We never faced any issues in the hospital and the doctors and staff were always available to help and guide us.
— Shankar, migrant worker, Utnoor.
I was shifted to Gandhi Hospital after testing positive. For 18 days, I was treated and supported by doctors and staff there. I have to say that I survived the virus due to the promptness of the government and the care and attention provided by doctors at the hospital. Doctors and nurses at government hospitals are taking care of the patients risking their own lives.
— Patient who wished anonymity, Khammam.
When one of my roommates tested positive, I was moved to a government quarantine facility. I thank the Telangana government for the kind of care they provided for 14 days, gave me the right diet to boost my immunity and helped me avoid becoming a Covid-19 victim.
— A quarantined person wishing anonymity, Khammam.
I was at Gandhi Hospital for 21 days and all along, I never gave up hope. From toothbrush to soap, the staff saw to all my needs at the hospital. My day used to start with a cup of hot tea. The food was good and I was also provided dry fruits and snacks.
Doctors used to check regularly and even the RMO monitored our progress. The stay was never made to make us feel like we are in a hospital and we are sick. The kind of encouragement provided by the doctors and staff helped us return home fully recovered. I pray for them.
— Mohd Kaleem Sharif, Karimnagar.
My two-year old son attended a ceremony. Soon after that, he showed Covid symptoms and I called the government hospital in Tandur. After a test, he was confirmed to be positive, after which he was shifted to Gandhi Hospital for treatment.
Doctors gave treatment for 11 days and provided quality food along with eggs, milk and fruits every day. Even we were provided with good facilities. Initially there was fear but after seeing the services in the hospital, we felt happy.
— Naveen Kumar, Vikarabad district.
After returning to my home in Marpally, Vikarabad from Delhi on March 18, health officials kept me in home quarantine. Doctors shifted me to the isolation ward in Gandhi Hospital on April 2 after I tested positive.
As I did not have any health issue in the past, I did not face any major problem. The wards used to be cleaned well every day. After another round of tests on April 17, I was confirmed negative and was discharged.
— Mohammed Mansoor, Vikarabad district.
Upon testing positive, I was shifted to Gandhi Hospital. I was given tea, idly, vada and upma for breakfast and also vitamin C and vitamin D tablets at 10 am. As I did not have any symptoms, I took only these two tablets.
Apart from lunch and dinner, we were given dry fruits including badam and raisins. Eggs and bananas were also given every day. The ward was cleaned thrice a day. After recovering, I was sent home in a 108 ambulance. I am thankful to the staff of Gandhi Hospital for offering me better treatment and good food.
— Abdul Wajeed, Vikarabad district.
I did not have a single penny when my five-month-old son got diagnosed with coronavirus. The situation was really bad, as we had no way out. Thankfully, the government came to our aid and ensured the treatment was taken care without having to shell out money.
I and my wife travelled with our 5-month-old son along with 16 others in a bus to attend a function. After a positive case was reported in the bus, all of us were shifted to an isolation centre in the mandal. Later, our son tested positive and we were sent to Gandhi Hospital.
With quality treatment, my son recovered in 13 days and was discharged. As my wife needs to feed my son, she was given nutritious food. She was given idly, bonda or upma for breakfast while two eggs, dry fruits and fresh fruits too were given for lunch and dinner.
My son had fever for three days and cold for five days. He has now been rescued from Covid-19.
— Keshavulu, father of five-month-old baby, Ammapuram.
I was working as a ward boy in district hospital, Nirmal. I got infected and was treated in the district hospital itself.
Nutritious food, fruits and eggs were given daily while duty doctors used to take care of me well. After recovering from the virus, I was in home quarantine for 10 days. Though government hospitals are providing quality treatment, some are spreading false propaganda.
— Sai Charan, Nirmal.
When I went to Markaz in Delhi, I was not aware of coronavirus and on returning to my hometown, doctors kept me in home quarantine and collected blood samples.
After a week, I was confirmed as Covid positive and immediately shifted to Gandhi Hospital on April 3 and provided treatment for 27 days. With the confidence given by doctors along with quality treatment and food, I recovered from the virus. I had to undergo Covid test twice and the result was negative in the second test and was discharged on April 30.
— Sheik Imran, Utnoor.
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