“I remember my lecturer saying that we will face a lot of obstacles and struggles in our medical career, but we were told to face them with patience,” shares Dr. Aziezah. Dr. Aziezah is currently serving in anaesthesiology and intensive care at Hospital Putrajaya. When COVID-19 cases started to rise in Malaysia, she was requested to serve at Sungai Buloh Hospital.
While performing her duties, Dr. Aziezah came close to contracting the disease herself when a colleague from one of the intensive care units (ICU) had contracted the virus off-duty. Since Dr. Aziezah was at a different ICU at that time, she was not greatly at risk.
Dr. Amirul serves in anaesthesiology and critical care at Hospital Sungai Buloh where he works with some of the best Intensivists and Anaesthesiologists in the country. The team treated patients that required ventilatory support as well as those with multi-organ failure.
He shares, “Doctors will never be obsolete, and the pandemic has shown everyone how important doctors are. Somebody’s got to do the job, but not everyone can. It’s my social responsibility to contribute.”
Dedicated to serve the community, Dr. Atiqah did not return home for 4 months when she was part of the COVID-19 screening team in Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang and at the quarantine and treatment centre for low-risk COVID-19 cases at MAEPS.
The centre was set up to treat low-risk COVID-19 patients and operates with the same basic equipment as a regular hospital with wards, resuscitation areas, as well as ambulance, pharmacy and pathology laboratory services.
Now a medical officer in obstetrics and gynaecology at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang, Dr Atiqah shares that patients with fever, cough and runny nose in the past were treated as patients with respiratory tract infections however, now they have to undergo a cascade of procedures to rule out COVID-19.