At the NHS Nightingale, London, we find Kenyans stepping up to serve and save lives
Above: Dr Nisha Bhudia a Critical Care Pharmacist and Dr Angina Patel working as a Support Pharmacist at Nightingale NHS Hospital
Serving at the Nightingale Hospital
Many Kenyans in the UK are healthcare workers and many are in the frontline in the war against COVID-19. Dr Daksha Hirani, a clinical psychologist; Nisha Bhudia, a critical care pharmacist at Hereford Hospital and Anjina Patel a pre-op assessment pharmacist at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital are no exception and the three are courageously volunteering at the nightingale hospital.
Dr Hirani provides new staff with ‘Psychological PPE’ skills. Much in the same way that they are taught to don and doff their PPE safely, she teaches the staff to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and to look out for staff who are not coping and offer them psychological support. In the future, as the hospital admits more patients, she expects to offer support to families with compassionate care as they suffer great losses at this unprecedented time.
Dr Hirani reminds us that COVID-19 is going to bring a significant rise in people experiencing anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, complicated grief and bereavement to name a few. Her hope is to help in any way to mitigate this suffering - “then my volunteering efforts will have been worthwhile”.
We know many Kenyans are affected by COVID-19. We wish all those who are undergoing treatment, speedy recovery, and offer encouragement and support to those who are caring for sick loved ones. We also remember all those who have lost their lives to COVID19. Our thoughts are with the families and friends at this difficult time.
Tujijenge Pamoja Network (TPN), is a cross country joint effort of over 200 diverse Kenya diaspora led organizations and groups in the UK. TPN seeks to form innovative partnership across the entire Kenyan Diaspora, that are supportive and empowering.
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We will continue to share stories from other Kenyans in NHS and all other frontline areas in the fight against COVID-19. We must support our NHS and other frontline workers and heed to the government advise to stay home. Let us continue to encourage and support each other during these trying times. We are all in this together, and together we will overcome!!! If you have a story you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please share it.
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Compiled by Kenya Healthcare C19 Support Group
KHC-C19 Support Group
Dr Sarah Onyango